If you’re planning to hire a lawyer, there will be no shortage of prospects out there. Statistics show that for every 200 Americans, there is at least one lawyer to take care of them. But definitely, the issue is not as much about the quantity but rather the quality of prospects you have.
So first things first, where do you look to find a good lawyer?
Without a doubt, the best way to find a good lawyer is through personal referrals from friends, relatives, business associates or basically anyone you trust. These people will not have any selfish motives for pointing you to an attorney or firm that they have worked with and were satisfied with in the past. 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
Your local bar association is another good resource for finding a lawyer. 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 may recommend other lawyers who specialize in the field of law where your case falls under. They are also aware of other attorneys’ reputations. One drawback is that they usually receive a fee for referring clients to one another, so this may affect whom they recommend.
In general, legal directories are global in scope and can be searched with the option to focus on a certain area or location. Also, such directories are mostly, if not all, found on the Internet, so they really come in handy for the busy ones.
On top of legal directories, the Internet also has for-profit directories that let you search for a lawyer. Of course, you can check out online reviews as well on third-party websites that are dedicated to legal professionals. 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.But finding an attorney is only your fist step.
The harder part is knowing whether a particular prospect is the right one for you. Of course, there will be many considerations to make. Number one is qualifications. Then you have to make sure they have substantial experience with cases like yours. Once you have looked into these technical aspects, try to understand their personality. Finally, do you have personal chemistry as a team? Remember, the success of your case still ultimately depends on how cooperative you are and how interested and sincere your lawyer is.