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 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 searching for a lawyer, these tips should help you out:
Define the need.
Each lawyer has a basic understanding of the legal system, but not all of them know the nuances of all legal fields. In short, find someone who has the specialty you require, depending on 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 recommendations.
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. Did they like their experience with that lawyer? Would they be happy to recommend him to you?
Get in touch Bar Associations.
Bar Associations, whether local or national or even the American Bar Association itself, provide lawyer search and referral tools that will make it easier to find the right lawyer for 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.
Legal aid websites are just another place where you can get help when you want legal representation or consultation and don’t know where to begin. You can also check out individual lawyer websites, but make sure the testimonials and other information – or even the lawyer or lawyers themselves – are not fake.
Ask your insurance provider 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? Check if this will work for your particular case. If they can’t do that, they can still help you find a good lawyer.
Interview your prospects.
After gathering some leads, it’s time to talk to each of them. 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 their general professional experience, their specific experience with cases like yours, their litigation history, and so on. The lawyer, for his part, may be expected to tell you frankly whether he would like to accept your 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.