How to Find a 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.
Every lawyer knows the basics of the legal system, but not all of them have mastered the nuances of all legal areas. 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.
Ask for referrals.
You can begin your search by seeking recommendations from people you know. Talk to relatives or friends who may have been in a similar legal situation as you are facing now. Were they happy with the lawyer’s services? Can they recommend him to you with confidence?
Check with Bar Associations
All Bar Associations, from local to state to national, provide search and referral tools that you can use to find a lawyer based on your needs. 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. 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.
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? See if this will work in your 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. 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 tell you honestly whether or not he is interested to accept your case. Finally, if he’d rather decline, don’t be afraid to ask why in particular. In most cases, this would be nothing personal, and the lawyer will surely understand.