How to Find a Lawyer
Many of us face some kind of legal situation that requires the 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 searching for a lawyer, these tips should help you out:
Consider the need.
All lawyers know the essentials of the legal system, but not the nuances of every single field in the profession. 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. Talk to relatives or friends who may have been in a similar legal situation as you are facing now. Did they like their experience with that lawyer? Would they gladly recommend him to you?
Contact 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.
Legal aid websites are also good resources if you want some help finding legal representation or consultation, but have no idea where to start. Individual lawyer websites are good sources of information as well, as long as you take time to check their – or the lawyers’ – legitimacy.
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? Check if this will work for your particular case. If that’s not possible, they can still recommend some good lawyers.
Interview your prospects.
With the leads you now have, it’s time to talk to them each. On this first meeting (this is often for free), make sure you bring all relevant pertinent documents with you, as well as a list of questions that you may want the lawyer to answer. These questions can be about their general professional experience, their specific experience with cases like yours, their litigation history, and so on. 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 declines, don’t hesitate to ask why. This is probably nothing personal and the lawyer will understand for sure.