How to Find a Lawyer
There are times when the expertise of a lawyer is what we need in a certain situation. 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 searching for a lawyer, these tips should help you out:
Know 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. So if you’re involved in a personal injury case, don’t choose a labor attorney.
Seek personal recommendations.
You can begin your search by seeking recommendations from people you know. Call relatives or friends who might have dealt with a similar legal situation in the past. Were they satisfied with the attorney’s services? Can they recommend him to you with confidence?
Contact 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. 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 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 to help you.
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 that’s not possible, they can still recommend some good lawyers.
Talk to 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 be honest with you as to whether he would like to take the case or not. Finally, if he’d rather decline, don’t be afraid to ask why in particular. This is usually nothing personal and lawyers will understand.