How to Find a Lawyer
Many of us face some kind of legal situation that requires the expertise of a lawyer. This could be a traffic incident, a case of medical malpractice, a labor case or just about any possibility. 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:
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 someone who has the specialty you require, depending on the type of case you’re facing. So if you’re involved in a major car accident, don’t hire a lawyer whose practice is focused on family law.
Seek personal referrals.
You can start your search by asking for referrals from people you know and trust. 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?
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. 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.
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. 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 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.
Call your prospects.
After gathering some leads, it’s time to talk to each of them. On your initial meeting (most lawyers charge nothing for this), be sure to bring all important documents related to your case, as well as a list of relevant questions that you may have for the lawyer. These questions can be about how long they have been a lawyer, how much experience they have with the type of case you’re dealing with, their litigation background, and so on and so forth. 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 usually nothing personal and lawyers will understand.