Finding a Reputable Lawyer
Sometimes, we face a situation that requires the special expertise of a lawyer. This may be a divorce, an inheritance dispute, a DUI and so on. Of course, we’ll always want the best representation that we can afford, and that is why extreme care is important when choosing an attorney.
If you’re in search of a lawyer, below are tips to help you find a good one:
Define the need.
Every lawyer knows the basics of the legal system, but not all of them have mastered the nuances of all legal areas. In other words, find someone who specializes in the type of case you’re facing. For example, if you are seeking compensation for an injury, don’t hire a family lawyer.
Seek personal referrals.
You can get started with a few recommendations from people you know. Call relatives or friends who might have dealt with a similar legal situation in the past. Were they happy with the lawyer’s services? Would they be happy to recommend him to you?
Check with Bar Associations
Bar Associations on all levels – local, state and national – provide search and referral tools which come in handy for anyone who needs a lawyer. They won’t be able to help you directly, but they can give you a list of potential lawyers based on your subject area and location.
Another place where you can find help getting legal representation or consultation are legal aid websites. You can browse around individual lawyer websites too, but take time to check if the testimonials and other information are real, including the lawyers themselves.
Ask your insurer for help.
Like most of us, you probably know that your car insurer will help you in court after an incident, but were you also aware that home and renter insurers can help with other issues too? See if this will work in your case. If they can’t do that, they can still help you find a good lawyer.
Talk to your prospects.
With the leads you now have, it’s time to talk to them each. During your initial meeting, which is usually free, make sure to bring all the documents that you think will help establish your case, and a list of questions that you would like to ask the lawyer. These questions can be about how long they have been a lawyer, how much experience they have with the type of case you’re dealing with, their litigation background, and so on and so forth. For his part, expect the lawyer to tell you honestly whether or not he is interested to accept your case. Finally, if he’d rather decline, don’t be afraid to ask why in particular. This is usually nothing personal and lawyers will understand.