How to Find a Lawyer
Many of us face some kind of legal situation that requires the expertise of a lawyer. This can be an inheritance issue, a DUI, medical malpractice, 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.
All lawyers know the essentials of the legal system, but not the nuances of every single field in the profession. In short, find somebody who is a specialist in the particular type of case you’re dealing with. So if you’re involved in a major car accident, don’t hire a lawyer whose practice is focused on family law.
Ask for referrals.
You can begin your search by seeking 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? Can they recommend him to you with confidence?
Contact 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. 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. 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 insurer 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 don’t usually do that, they can still provide some valuable lawyer recommendations.
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. Such questions may be about their general experience as a lawyer, their specific experience with a similar case, their litigation history, etc. For his part, expect the lawyer to tell you honestly whether or not he is interested to accept your case. Finally, if he declines, don’t hesitate to ask why. This is probably nothing personal and the lawyer will understand for sure.