Finding a Lawyer
If you intend to hire a lawyer, you will have no shortage of prospects. According to statistics, there is at least one lawyer for every 200 people in America, so that may be enough proof. But of course, it’s not so much about the quantity as it is the quality of prospects.
So first things first, how do you find a good lawyer?
Inarguably, the best route to a good lawyer is word-of-mouth – ask your relatives, friends and business associates for referrals. These people will have no ulterior motives, financial or social, in pointing you to an attorney or firm which they have hired before and were satisfied with. If you yourself know a lawyer personally, hire him only if his specialty is specifically what you need. Otherwise, you may be putting the results of your case at risk.
Local Bar Associations
You should also check your local bar association, which is another reliable resource that can help you. As well, majority of county and city bar associations as well as the American Bar Association offer referral services that can useful in your search.
Lawyers usually recommend other lawyers who may have the legal specialty you need, depending on the nature of your case. They are also aware of other attorneys’ reputations. One problem with this, however, is that they typically get fees when they refer clients to one another, and this can influence their recommendations.
Legal directories are usually worldwide in scope, and you will be able to search a database with the option to focus on a specific area or geographic location. These directories are also mostly, if not all, online, which makes them incredibly useful and convenient.
On top of legal directories, the Internet also has for-profit directories that let you search for a lawyer. Of course, you can explore online reviews on independent websites dedicated to the legal profession. These reviews can be very helpful as they give you a peek into the possibilities should you decide to hire a specific attorney.
With the U.S.’record number of practicing attorneys these days, finding somebody should indeed be easy.Finding a attorney, however, is hardly all of it.
The more difficult part is knowing whether you’ve found the right one for you. Of course, there will be many considerations to make. Number one is qualifications. Then you need to ensure that they are experienced handling cases like yours. When they check out on all these technical aspects, you have to look at their personality. Lastly, do you think you will have chemistry together? Remember, the success of your case still ultimately depends on how cooperative you are and how interested and sincere your lawyer is.