How to Find a 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 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:
Know 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 someone who has the specialty you require, depending on the type of case you’re facing. For example, if you are seeking compensation for an injury, don’t hire a family lawyer.
Seek personal referrals.
You can get started with a few recommendations from people you know. Talk to relatives or friends who may have faced the same legal situation as you. Did they like their experience with that lawyer? Would they gladly recommend him to you?
Contact Bar Associations.
Bar Associations on all levels – local, state and national – provide search and referral tools which come in handy for anyone who needs a lawyer. Although they can’t help you directly, they can give you wholesale lists of certified lawyers practicing in your location and subject area.
Legal aid websites are also good resources if you want some help finding legal representation or consultation, but have no idea where to start. 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 insurer for help.
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 can’t do that, they can still help you find a good lawyer.
Talk to your prospects.
Now that you have leads, you can talk to them about your case. 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. The lawyer, for his part, may be expected to tell you frankly whether he would like to accept your case or not. Finally, if he’d rather decline, don’t be afraid to ask why in particular. This is probably nothing personal and the lawyer will understand for sure.