by Blog Team
Saturday, 2nd Mar 2019 | 04:24:32 PM
Make a list of those you think may be good and then call them up with some good questions about how they practice
Firstly, you need to identify what type of lawyer you need. It is very important to find a lawyer who specializes in the area where you need help. Then it's time to do your homework. Do ask your friends if they had a lawyer who practiced this area of law and see who they recommend. But take it with a grain of salt. A lot of people will hate their lawyers in a family law context because the process was horrible. I hear a lot of lawyer-hating from those who got "screwed" in a divorce. It's not terribly credible. A lot of people will hate their lawyer because they cost a bundle. Please recognize that you get what you pay for ( yes, I recognize lawyers are expensive) and those with a higher hourly rate will generally have more experience and be able to do a better and more efficient job for you.
If you have any lawyer friends, do ask for their help! They will have better feelers into the legal world through word of mouth and can steer you in the right direction. If not, the internet can be your friend, but again take all the information with a grain of salt. Make a list of those you think may be good and then call them up with some good questions about how they practice, what their hourly rate is,etc.,etc. Interview them and you will get a good sense of whether or not they are going to work for you.A few important questions to ask during this meeting are:
What experience does the lawyer have in your type of legal matter?
How long has he been in practice?
What is his track record of success?
What percentage of his caseload is dedicated to handling your type of legal problem?
Does he have any special skills or certifications?
What are his fees and how are they structured?
Does he carry malpractice insurance? If so, how much?
Who else would be working on your case and what are their rates?
Does he outsource any key legal tasks for functions?
What additional costs may be involved in addition to lawyer fees (postage, filing fees, copy fees, etc.)?
How often will you be billed?
Can he provide references from other clients?
Does he have a written fee agreement or representation agreement?
How will he inform you of developments in your case?
Keep in mind that a higher fee does not necessarily equate with a more qualified attorney. Also, a rock bottom fee may signal problems, inexperience or incompetence.
After meeting with the lawyer, you should ask yourself the following questions:
Is the lawyerâ€™s experience and background compatible with your legal needs?
Did he provide prompt and courteous responses to your questions?
Is he someone with whom you would be comfortable working?
Are you confident he possesses the skills and experience to handle your case?
Are you comfortable with the fees and how they are structured?
Are you comfortable with the terms of the fee agreement and/or representation agreement?
Finding the right lawyer can be a lot of work. It is absolutely worth the effort. You will likely be going through a rough time when you need this lawyer's services and you need a good fit.