I've recently touched on how an initial consultation might unfold, helpful tips regarding specific types of attorneys, and what considerations might go into the retainer agreement or engagement letter.
I thought I would take this opportunity to share some additional tips regarding the selection of an attorney. These tips are designed to help you narrow the potential sea of seemingly qualified lawyers in order to find the one that's right for you:
- Evaluate the credibility of the directory listing you are using. How do attorneys become listed on the particular website? Is it simply a matter of signing up and paying for advertising, or is there some additional sort of requirement. For example, Lead Counsel requires that attorneys have demonstrated professional experience, peer recommendations, and a spotless disciplinary history.
- Do your research. Once you have compiled a list of a handful of attorneys you think might fit the bill, take advantage of the other information readily available on the internet. For example, most attorneys have a website detailing their background and philosophy regarding client representation. You might also find additional information regarding the attorney's reputation, such as with past client reviews.
- Consider your goals. By knowing what you hope to achieve through hiring an attorney, you can better know what sort of attorney will best fulfill those objectives. For example, within Family Law you may encounter attorneys on a spectrum of willing to go to hypothetical battle for you to the fullest legal extent, which typically costs significantly more, versus generally following a more collaborative sort of divorce agreement, which can allow for a significant cost savings and reduced amount of stress.
Here at LawInfo, you can find Lead Counsel rated attorneys by searching under practice area within your geographic location, or in another state. If you invest the time in finding the right attorney up front, it will be much easier to hand your legal problem over to someone you know is capable of taking care of you and your case.
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