How to Look for a Reputable Lawyer
Sometimes, we face a situation that requires the special 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:
Consider 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 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? Can they recommend him to you with confidence?
Check with 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. 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.
You may already know that car insurers provide legal help to clients who are involved in auto accidents, but did you know that home and renter insurance companies can also provide legal help for other issues? Look into this possibility. If that’s not possible, they can still recommend some good lawyers.
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. 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.