During the course of life, most of us will be involved in a situation in which we will need an attorney. There are no clear-cut answers in many of these dilemmas, and getting the right lawyer is crucial to you and the final outcome of your legal case. Selecting the right attorney for a particular case will make all the difference in the world in terms of a successful outcome. Don’t be afraid to ask the attorney under consideration hard questions about that attorney’s level of experience with the type of case you have.
The number one criterion has to do with a lawyer’s legal ability: someone who lays the law down for you, presents you with options, explain the ramifications of each decision you make and give you recommendations on the best course of action. In this day and age of complicated legal matters, many lawyers are increasingly specialized and you stand to get better information from someone with a practice focus in a particular area of the law than a generalist who deals with a broad spectrum of legal issues.
Building rapport is also very important: your relationship with your lawyer can make or break your case. You need a lawyer who gives you candid advice and with council you can trust, someone with enough perspective to step back from an issue and look at it from all perspectives.
First, you need to ask for referrals from previous clients. Ask around about good attorneys in the network. Once you get a few names, check their educational background, their qualifications and their professional track record with your state’s bar association.
After you receive your referrals, don’t shy away from setting up interviews with attorneys in the network. Most don’t mind receiving enquiries about what they do and how able there are. Ask tough questions: How long have they been in practice? How satisfied are their previous clients? How many legal problems of interest to you have they taken recently?
The bottom line is that YOU are the one with the legal issue that needs to be dealt with, meaning YOU are the one in control. Don't be intimidated by an attorney. Hire a lawyer just as you would any other service provider.
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