How to Find a 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 want no less than the best legal representation possible, and that is why in choosing our attorney, we have to be very careful.
If you’re looking for a lawyer, here are tips to help you find the right one:
Know 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 short, find someone who has the specialty you require, depending on the type of case you’re facing. So if you’re involved in a major car accident, don’t hire a lawyer whose practice is focused on family law.
Seek personal recommendations.
You can start your search by asking for referrals from people you know and trust. Talk to relatives or friends who may have faced the same legal situation as you. Were they happy with the lawyer’s services? Can they recommend him to you with confidence?
Check with Bar Associations
All Bar Associations, from local to state to national, provide search and referral tools that you can use to find a lawyer based on your needs. While they can’t help you directly, they can give you wholesale listings of practicing and certified attorney according to your location and subject area.
Do some online research.
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 insurance provider to help you.
You may already know that car insurers provide legal help to clients who are involved in auto accidents, but did you know that home and renter insurance companies can also provide legal help for other issues? See if this will work in your case. If they can’t do that, they can still help you find a good lawyer.
Call 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 be honest with you as to whether he would like to take the case or not. Finally, if he’d rather decline, don’t be afraid to ask why in particular. This is probably nothing personal and the lawyer will understand for sure.