Finding a Reputable Lawyer
Sometimes, we face a situation that requires the special 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:
Consider 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 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.
Ask for referrals.
You can start your search by asking for referrals from people you know and trust. Talk to relatives or friends who may have faced the same legal situation as you. Were they satisfied with the attorney’s services? Would they gladly recommend him to you?
Get in touch 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. Although they can’t help you directly, they can give you wholesale lists of certified lawyers practicing in your location and subject area.
Another place where you can find help getting legal representation or consultation are legal aid websites. 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 for help.
You probably know that your car insurance company will defend you in court following an accident, but did you also know that your home insurer or renter insurer can also provide the same help with other issues? 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.
Now that you have leads, you can talk to them about your case. 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. For his part, expect the lawyer to be honest with you as to whether he would like to take the case or not. Lastly, should he decline, you can always ask why. This is usually nothing personal and lawyers will understand.