How to Find the Perfect Attorney for Your Case

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Throughout the course of your life, you’ll probably need an attorney at least a handful of times. Although most people think of crime when they think of hiring a lawyer, there are many other reasons you might need to hire an attorney. Perhaps you’ll need a divorce lawyer to make sure that your assets are split fairly. Or maybe you’ll need an attorney to look over business documents before you start a new company. No matter the situation, you’ll need to find the best possible lawyer for your needs. Here’s how.

Research online

To start with, do a web search for lawyers in the area. Make sure to specify which specialty you’re looking for, such as “Chicago business attorney” or “Palmetto Dunes real estate lawyer.” Review sites such as Yelp are often a good place to start. Look for attorneys in your area with high rating and a long history of positive reviews. Make sure that there are a large number of reviews, to ensure that you’re dealing with an experienced attorney. Read through a number of reviews, both positive and negative, to get an idea of each client’s experience. If any of the reviews make you uneasy about the attorney, move on to a different lawyer.

Once you’ve found a lawyer in the area with high reviews, check out their website. If the website is outdated or difficult to navigate, the lawyer is less likely to be up-to-date on technology and latest practices. You want to hire an attorney who cares about all aspects of their business, including their website and online presence.

Ask friends and family

If you have any friends or family members who have hired attorney for similar reasons, ask who they hired. These personal references can give you an idea of which attorneys you should hire and which you should avoid at all costs. Unlike online reviews, you can also ask follow up questions and get more specific feedback. If you’re particularly worried about privacy, for instance, you can ask your loved one how a particular attorney handled that concern.

Meet in person

Once you’ve narrowed it down to one or two high-quality lawyers, contact the firm and ask if you can meet in person. If you’re worried about paying fees at this initial meeting, make sure that the firm won’t charge you for a consultation meeting at this point.

Meeting in person gives you a chance to evaluate how the attorney will treat you as a client. If they’re friendly and helpful now, they’re more likely to be the same way throughout your case. If they’re brusque and frazzled, however, they’re likely to be the same way in the future as well.

Talk fees

Now that you’ve found the perfect lawyer, it’s time to talk about how much they’re charging. You should have a general sense of this already, based on reviews and their website. However, make sure that both of you are on the same page when it comes to fees. Read through the paperwork carefully so that you understand any hidden fees. Also be clear on the contingencies of payment, such as what happens if the lawyer loses your case.

Finding the perfect lawyer can make your legal troubles much less problematic. Search carefully, and happy hunting!

July 29, 2017 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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