7 Tips for Choosing the Right Lawyer for You

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Choosing the right lawyer can be difficult, especially if you’re not sure what you’re looking for in one or where to even begin the search. If you find yourself in this position, it’s probably time to look into one of these 7 tips for choosing the right lawyer for you. Hiring the right legal representation is something that will either save or cost you big, so make sure you do your research!

1) Know What you want


A lot of people come to me with questions, such as I have been injured at work—what can I do? or I was hurt in a car accident, who do I contact? But in order to answer those questions, you need to know what you want out of your case. Do you just want money for medical bills and lost wages or are you also interested in getting compensation for pain and suffering?

2) Ask Around


When it comes to getting good counsel, it can’t hurt to seek recommendations from peers or even strangers. It takes a little bit of research on your part, but once you’ve established contact with a few local attorneys, ask them if they’d be willing to meet with you and answer some questions about their area of expertise. Many lawyers are happy to have face-to-face conversations about what they do—and how well they do it.

3) Consider your lawyer’s background


The legal profession is full of different types of lawyers. If you’re looking to have someone help you with a business deal, you’ll want to find an attorney who has experience in business law. On the other hand, if you are dealing with an injury-related lawsuit, a personal injury lawyer will be your best bet. Do your research and find someone who specializes in what you need most.

4) Set clear expectations


Starting a new relationship can be exciting. Starting a new business relationship can be exciting but also nerve-wracking. A lawyer is an extension of your company, and as such, you should hold him or her to your standards and set clear expectations from day one.

Do not leave out any details. If there’s anything you do not like or would like changed, speak up! The relationship will only get better from here on out when both parties are on board with each other’s expectations.

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5) Check references


Most lawyers offer free initial consultations. Take advantage of that and ask about how many years he or she has been practicing, where and when they went to law school, which bar associations they’re members of, whether they have a specialty—the more you know, the better idea you’ll have about his or her capabilities.

6) Get it all in writing


It’s not uncommon to hear people complain about lawyers not keeping their word or going back on a deal. This can happen if you don’t have an agreement in writing. An attorney should write down any and all verbal agreements made with you, as well as any other pertinent information that needs to be included in your case (such as potential penalties).

7) Find someone who fits your personality and budget


Your first order of business should be to find a lawyer you’re comfortable with. Spend some time getting to know your potential lawyer before you sign on. Are they someone you feel comfortable confiding in? Do they seem like someone who will keep your best interests at heart? If so, great! If not, move on.