Finding The Lawyer That Is The Right Fit For You

Finding the right attorney can be an overwhelming task. Not only does the specialization need to be taken into consideration for the task at hand, one must also find one whom they feel comfortable divulging information to that can sometimes be personal, sensitive and perhaps embarrassing. This requires research and leg work but this is hard work that will pay off in the end.

Lawyer Recommendations

Ask Family & Friends

There are many avenues that one can take in the process of finding the right representation. Recommendations of lawyers that family or friends are comfortable with can be a great place to start. It is, however, just a start. It is important to do some research on every prospect being considered. The first check is their current standing within the bar association in the state of practice. One should be confident that the lawyer in question is in good standing.

Check with the BBB

The next check should be with the Better Business Bureau in the area of practice and also in the areas that were previously practiced in. The lawyer may have a-one credentials within the community he or she is currently practicing but it is always a good idea to understand why a move, if any, has been made. For example, is this attorney running from past problems?

The Next Step: Consultations

Consultations would be the next smart move. Depending on the reason behind the need for an attorney, consultation fees may or may not be waived. Many lawyers offer a complimentary consultation or a refund on consultation fees should one choose to retain his or her services. The importance of consult fees will be contingent on the depth of the search, the standard consult fee practice in the area and the importance of the need for representation. The potential client should understand the services being provided and the cost of said services prior to the consultation appointment. Fees for the actual service will be discussed at the consultation.

Once consultations have been scheduled, it is important that one arrives with a list of “expectations for the lawyer” in consideration as well as questions to ask. Notes should be taken as one should not expect to be provided with written information or fee schedules it may be provided. Ask questions and take notes that are meaningful and easy to understand.

A decision should not be made on the spot during the consultation. Leave the meeting with the intent to go over the information received. Then place the lawyer against the set of expectations.

Making Your Decision

The comfort level should be a measure as well as the cost of services and the strategy he or she intends to use to meet the needs in question.