How to Look for a Reputable Lawyer
Sometimes, we face a situation that requires the special expertise of a lawyer. This can be an inheritance issue, a DUI, medical malpractice, and so on. Of course, we’ll always want the best representation that we can afford, and that is why extreme care is important when choosing an attorney.
If you’re looking for a lawyer, here are tips to help you find the right one:
Define 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 start your search by asking for referrals from people you know and trust. Talk to relatives or friends who may have been in a similar legal situation as you are facing now. Were they satisfied with the attorney’s services? Would they be happy to recommend him to you?
Contact 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.
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 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.
Talk to your prospects.
After gathering some leads, it’s time to talk to each of them. On this first meeting (this is often for free), make sure you bring all relevant pertinent documents with you, as well as a list of questions that you may want the lawyer to answer. These questions can be about their general professional experience, their specific experience with cases like yours, their litigation history, and so on. For his part, expect the lawyer to tell you honestly whether or not he is interested to accept your case. Lastly, should he decline, you can always ask why. This is probably nothing personal and the lawyer will understand for sure.