Almost everything we do depends on the law. There are so many laws that it would take a person of average reading ability a thousand years to read a book of laws. It seems as if we have nothing else to do in our lives but read the law. So what do we do when a legal situation arises? Do we solve the problem ourselves, or do we hire a lawyer with legal training? For many people, the idea of calling a lawyer can be intimidating. Sometimes they don’t even know if they need an attorney or how to choose one, so they may avoid going to an attorney, even if it’s in their best interest. However, before you hire an attorney for yourself and/or your business, do your homework. When you are facing a serious legal or medical issue, you still need to make an informed decision about who will represent you. And finding a good attorney doesn’t have to be as difficult or expensive as you might think. Here are some quick tips to help alleviate some of the stress of finding an attorney.
Can I Represent Myself?
You have the right to represent yourself. However, the law is very complex and changes frequently. If you don’t spend 100% of your time educating yourself about all the laws and legal procedures that apply to your case, you are likely to lose. It is easy to overlook the legal issues in your case, which can sometimes have unpredictable legal consequences that are difficult and costly to reverse. Therefore, you must weigh the risks and benefits of your legal representation against the risks and benefits of hiring an attorney to represent your case.
When should I contact an attorney?
When you encounter an issue that you believe needs legal attention, you can consult with an attorney to understand your legal rights and obligations as soon as possible. Many states have deadlines for filing, especially if you have been injured. These so-called “statute of limitations” laws are designed to encourage people to come forward and file their cases as soon as possible. But that doesn’t mean you should simply choose the first attorney you come across as you rush to find through this advice.
How do I choose the “right” attorney?
On a personal level, choosing a lawyer is always a personal matter. However, like any other service provider, an attorney is only providing services to the client. Therefore, the relationship between attorney and client must be based on trust and open and honest communication so that the attorney can provide services in the best possible manner. This requires a mutual commitment on the part of both the client and the lawyer. If the client does not fully cooperate, the attorney will not be able to provide the best service. At the same time, if the attorney does not respond quickly and easily to your phone calls, emails and requests, you will only receive disappointment. Therefore, in order to choose the “right” attorney for your case, you must feel 100% comfortable communicating with him or her and have confidence in his or her abilities. If there is any doubt, you should keep looking. Your case is too important to entrust to someone you don’t trust.
Professionally, people often assume that any lawyer can handle any case. This misguided trust is often detrimental to clients. No one attorney is competent in all areas of law. Therefore, in order to find a “right” attorney for your case, you should not hesitate to ask potential attorneys until you have full confidence in his or her abilities. Only then will you choose that lawyer. In fact, you will be able to observe the attorney’s responsiveness and willingness to cooperate with you when you ask your questions. Here are some of the most important questions you should ask your potential attorney during the selection process.
- What is your experience in this area of law (your area of legal need)?
- Will you or your attorney handle my case? – If a lawyer is going to work on your case, that’s who you should be interviewing.
- How many cases like mine have you handled? – The request is specific to each case.
- Can you refer me to some or all of the case studies? – Don’t forget to call each client to find out what they are going through.
A responsible and compassionate attorney will not hesitate to provide answers for you. If your attorney
Where can I find a lawyer?
Wherever you look for a lawyer, it’s important to keep the above advice in mind when choosing the right one for you. However, here are some places you can look for an attorney.
- Yellow Pages and Ads – When you open your local yellow pages, don’t you think the ads for doctors and attorneys cover half the book? It seems that they are almost the only ones who have the money to do full-page ads. When it comes to advertising, unless you have knowledge and experience in marketing and sales, you will never know how advertising works. Ads are developed to psychologically trigger your emotional senses and get you to respond to the ad’s call to action. This is a science in itself. So, as an average consumer, you have no idea which ads are telling the truth and which ones are disproportionately true. But this is a great place to get the names and phone numbers of at least a few local attorneys and start your selection process.
- Your social circle – your family, friends, co-workers, people you know …… Start asking around. This is one of the most reliable sources you’ll have. You will have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience. Someone who has been in the same or similar situation can tell you about their experience (good or bad) with their attorney. If their experience is only good, your job is already half done. And even if you don’t have anyone close to you who can refer you to an attorney, they may know someone close to them who may be in a similar situation. Some of the most reliable recommendations come from people you trust – business owner colleagues, friends and family – who have recently used an attorney. Word of mouth from satisfied clients is usually very reliable.
- Law Society Associations – This is another reliable source. Your local law society may offer an attorney referral service, which is a list of members by specialty who will consult with you free of charge, or at a special rate set by the law society for the first meeting. The law society may also be able to tell you if an attorney has been the subject of a complaint or ethics investigation by a former client.
- The Internet – In fact, the Internet. But it’s the least reliable source of information you’ll ever have, because everything can be put online. However, as with advertising, you can use the Internet to get at least one local list of attorneys practicing in your area so that you can begin the selection process. On the Internet, look for attorney directories such as Martindale.com, attorney referral services such as LegalMatch.com, personal or business search services such as Anywho.com, and simply your favorite search engine.
Disclaimer: The author and editor of this article have made every effort to provide you with useful, informative, and accurate information. This article is not intended to represent or replace legal advice, and you should consult with an attorney or other professional if the content of the article is relevant to the issue you are facing. Laws vary from state to state and change from time to time. Always consult a qualified professional before making a decision on the issues described in this article. Thank you.