Each of us will likely need a lawyer at some point in our lives. Maybe drawing up a will, getting a divorce, buying property, or something else. When the time comes, you’ll want to have the best attorney who will allow you to get the most out of the situation.
There are many factors to consider when choosing a legal professional, and they make your decision even more complicated. Here are some tips that can help.
1. Word of mouth recommendations
The safest way to find a good attorney is to get a recommendation from someone you trust. Just as you ask a friend who recently renovated their house if they can suggest a good contractor, you can do the same when it comes to legal matters.
If you know someone who has gone through the same or a similar legal problem you are having, ask them for advice. If that’s not the case, you can dig through the web and spend some time on forums and reviewing sites looking for attorney recommendations.
2. Area of expertise
In theory, a good lawyer can handle any type of case and win. However, most lawyers specialize in a number of (usually interconnected) areas and build their expertise in them. You can’t expect the property attorney who helped buy the house to also handle your divorce case. Choosing a lawyer based on their area of expertise will provide better guidance and knowledge of your case.
Allowing an unqualified person to handle your case can jeopardize the whole struggle. You can check if the legal professional you are considering has a license by searching the website. This is also the place to check if the attorney has a disciplinary order filed against them.
Although the knowledge gained in law school is vast, it cannot be compared to the years dedicated to practicing law and the experience gained in the courtroom.
Lawyers who have practiced law for a long time are more likely to provide useful advice about the consequences and potential risks of certain legal steps. They are also more familiar with courtrooms, especially in complex procedures.
5. Pricing and Billing
The price of the service will depend on the various factors we have discussed here, as well as the size and reputation of the law firm. The complexity of the case will also affect your pricing and choice of lawyers. If the matter is less complex, you can save money by choosing a lawyer who is less experienced, and therefore, more affordable.
In addition, billing transparency is also taken into account. The fee structure must be honest, clear, and appropriate for the service. Many attorneys advertise low flat fees while incorporating additional costs, such as printing documents and court filings. Others charge by the hour. However, you should make sure everything is clear from the start.
That’s how to choose the right lawyer. Good luck!