Hiring a lawyer is not as simple as it seems. Though we’re not exactly short of attorneys today, they are not all the same. There are things you have to consider before deciding whether or not a certain lawyer is right for your legal problem.
Most attorneys will not charge you for your initial visit. Use this meeting to assess the lawyer’s honesty. Sometimes, all you need is to talk to them and you will instantly pick up vibes. Try asking them about your your case’ of success. If they seem overly optimistic, mention no risks, or make the costs sound trivial, they’re probably being dishonest.
Your first appointment with an attorney can also be your chance to know if they will be detail-oriented and responsive enough to your needs as soon as they accept your case. Find out how you will be updated on the status of your case, as well as who will be handling your case directly (a paralegal most likely if you go with a big law firm). And don’t forget to ask if you are allowed to call them for questions or issues that you may need their help with. If they don’t seem happy with the idea, you may want to take your business elsewhere. Let your gut be your guide.
Your Price Range
The right lawyer is not just the best lawyer for you, but also the one you can actually pay. Ask for a written cost estimate, and, if possible, a contract indicating the highest amount you may have to pay. You don’t want any unwelcome surprises along the way.
Aside from trustworthiness, your lawyer should also have extensive experience in the branch of law that concerns your case. For instance, don’t hire an estate planning specialist if you’re seeking damages from a vehicular accident. Generalists are good for non-complex cases, but they may hurt your case otherwise with their little to no detailed knowledge and experience.
Where to Search for a Lawyer
Besides the phone book and personal recommendation, there are other resources you can count on, like unions and the American Bar Association. Additionally, members of the military may be entitled to certain representation under their umbrella and home insurance policies.
In the end, you just want to make sure that you get the best lawyer who fits your budget. And you cannot determine who’s best unless you’ve made some logical comparisons. In other words, don’t just consider one attorney. Have a shortlist of at least three prospects and research details about each one, especially their differences. That’s how you know who is indeed the best fit for your needs.