Choosing a Lawyer
You've decided you are going to hire an attorney. Great! That's the easy part. The next part is not only to find a lawyer who handles your specific matter, but to find one who is right for you.
Finding the right lawyer to represent you is a very important decision! Whether you are drafting a will, fighting a wage garnishment, or simply trying to beat a traffic ticket, you should select the best possible lawyer.
Important Considerations When Choosing An Attorney
- Ask questions!
- Make sure the lawyer seems experienced in his/her particular area of law. You probably don't want a car accident lawyer handling your divorce.
- Evaluate how long the lawyer has been practicing.
- Ask if he/she carries malpractice insurance.
- Does the lawyer seem personable? Will you get along?
- What is the lawyer's track record of success?
- What are the fees and when will you be billed? Will anyone else work on your case and what are their fees?
- Are you comfortable with the fees, terms, and the lawyer?
Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Lawyer
- What are the primary areas of law that you work in? Many lawyers have a wide range of specialties and areas of law. A car accident lawyer might handle personal injury, but might also handle criminal defense.
- Have you handled any cases that are similar to mine? It isn't necessary, but it is important to know if the lawyer has experience with a case that has facts similar to yours.
- Which fees am I responsible for paying? You need to understand the fees you are responsible for paying both before, during and after representation.
- How much experience do you have with cases like mine? A lawyer may have decades of experience practicing law, but may have only just started accepting cases like yours.
- Who is your typical client? If you're dealing with a lawyer who primarily represents corporate clients, you may not get the best representation you need.
- What specialized training do you have? Other than a law degree, many lawyers have specialized training in a variety of areas that may pertain to your particular legal situation.