Finding a Reputable Lawyer
There are times when the expertise of a lawyer is what we need in a certain situation. 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 legal representation we can get under these circumstances, and that is why it’s important to be careful in choosing our attorney.
If you’re looking for a lawyer, here are tips to help you find the right one:
Define 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.
Seek personal recommendations.
You can begin your search by seeking recommendations from people you know. Call relatives or friends who might have dealt with a similar legal situation in the past. Were they satisfied with the attorney’s services? Would they gladly recommend him to you?
Get in touch 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. They won’t be able to help you directly, but they can give you a list of potential lawyers based on your subject area and location.
Do some online research.
Another place where you can find help getting legal representation or consultation are legal aid websites. You can browse around individual lawyer websites too, but take time to check if the testimonials and other information are real, including the lawyers themselves.
Ask your insurance provider 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.
Interview 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 tell you honestly whether or not he is interested to accept your case. Finally, if he declines, don’t hesitate to ask why. This is probably nothing personal and the lawyer will understand for sure.