Finding a Lawyer
If you’re planning to hire a lawyer, there will be no shortage of prospects out there. According to statistics, there is at least one lawyer for every 200 people in America, so that may be enough proof. 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?
There is no doubt in the world that personal recommendations from friends, relatives, etc. are still hands down the best way to find a good lawyer. 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 know a lawyer personally, don’t consider him unless he has the legal expertise that you need. Otherwise, you could be risking the results of your case.
Local Bar Associations
Your local bar association is another good resource for finding a lawyer. County and city bar associations usually offer referral services, and so does the American Bar association.
Lawyers usually recommend other lawyers who may have the legal specialty you need, depending on the nature of your case. They also know the reputations of other attorneys in certain practice fields. However, one issue with this is that they normally receive referral fees, so this can affect their choices when making 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. Also, such directories are mostly, if not all, found on the Internet, so they really come in handy for the busy ones.
Besides legal directories, you will also find for-profit directories online where you can use a search vehicle to look for a lawyer. Of course, you can also read online reviews on third-party websites dedicated to the 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 lawyers today, finding a prospect can indeed be easy everywhere you check.Finding a attorney, however, is hardly all of it.
The more difficult part is knowing whether you’ve found the right one for you. Certainly, there will be several considerations to make. On top of the list is qualifications. Then you have to make sure they have substantial experience with cases like yours. When they check out on all these technical aspects, you have to look at their personality. Finally, do you think you will get along together as a team? Take note that the success of your case can be ultimately determined by your cooperation and your lawyer’s sincerity.