Before you go about hiring an attorney, read further for helpful pieces of advice that can help you select the best choice.
If you’re looking for a lawyer, you’ll probably want to know what to look for and how much they should cost. This article will break down these questions and give you some helpful hints on your search.
Spend Time Asking Questions
Don’t be afraid to ask any question that pops into your mind about how pricing works or what kinds of cases the lawyer specializes in resolving. The more information you have before hiring an attorney, the better equipped you’ll be when it comes time to make a decision and sign on the dotted line (or click ‘agree’).
A lot of lawyers offer a wide variety of services and know about various legal matters, so it’s important to narrow down your search. Legal professionals at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon recommend finding a law firm that handles a wide variety of legal concerns and claims. This way, you can find a lawyer that specializes in your particular case or situation.
Also, knowing the diverse cases handled by a law firm will help make your legal assistance search easier in the future. Once you’ve spent some time getting to know what the lawyer can do for you, ask him or her how much it will cost.
Read More Than One Review
Websites like Yelp! and Google allow past clients to leave reviews about attorneys they have worked with, in the past. Be sure to check out at least two or three of these before deciding on one attorney over another. The negative feedback that’s prominently featured is usually where you should start first.
If any of the poor reviews are common among all or most of them, it could be an indication that something isn’t right. Look for trends regarding consistency rather than quantity—a few consistent complaints are easier to pinpoint as legitimate issues rather than isolated cases.
Ask For Referrals
What qualities do you want in your lawyer? He or she should be knowledgeable and experienced, but also compassionate and trustworthy. The best way to find this person is by asking friends and family members who they would recommend or if they’ve had any experience with lawyers in the past that they’d like to share — good or bad!
Remember, though, having a great referral doesn’t mean the lawyer is the best one for you. You need to be sure that their expertise aligns with your needs. For example, if you’re looking for a lawyer in family law, opt for one who has experience in this field rather than someone who represents business owners.
Do They Have Experience Handling Cases Like Yours?
You want to work with an attorney who has handled similar cases in the past and knows how to resolve them successfully. If you need help settling an estate, for example, there are any number of ways things can go wrong.
Ask your prospective lawyers how often they come across certain issues and what their strategy was when resolving them. You want someone who not only knows what he or she is doing but is good at doing it too.
Attorneys Should Never Guarantee Results
While it’s sometimes necessary to make promises in order to win over new clients, this shouldn’t be one of them. Only your lawyers should discuss the potential outcomes during negotiations because no lawyer can predict with 100% accuracy what will happen when you go to court.
You want an attorney who is competent enough not to have to sugarcoat things or promise unrealistic results—if anything, that indicates that he or she might have a bit too much confidence regarding the case.
Keep Communication Lines Open
You need someone who responds quickly and has no problem keeping you abreast of updates throughout the proceedings. This means you probably don’t want to work with an attorney who never answers his or her phone or returns calls within days at best.
Remember That You’re The client
If your lawyer lays down an ultimatum or demands something from you that seems unreasonable, speak up. You might be the one with the problem, not them—and they don’t know what’s going on unless you tell them.
Even if it feels weird to push back against someone who is supposed to have your best interests in mind, remind yourself that you hired him or her for a reason and should at least try to hold them accountable.
It’s Never Too Early To Think About Post-Trial Plans
Anyone can bring lawsuits, but only certain people are able to win them. If this sounds like someone you’d like to represent you during proceedings, be sure to ask whether they’ll continue to represent you if the case goes in the other direction.
Even if they say yes, you should still ask how long it typically takes and what kind of criteria they use when deciding whether to keep working with a particular client.
Remember, you always have options when it comes to selecting a lawyer. Do your research and be sure that you choose one with whom you feel comfortable enough to work together.
Finding the appropriate lawyer can seem like a daunting task at first, but with some careful planning ahead of time, everything will come together smoothly in the end.