How to Find a Lawyer
If you’re planning to hire a lawyer, there will be no shortage of prospects out there. It is said that there is at least one lawyer for every 200 Americans, so that speaks for itself. The question though is not as much about the quantity or prospects as it is the quality.
So first things first, how exactly can you find a reputable 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 selfish interests in leading you to an attorney or firm that provided them excellent legal services in the past. If you have a friend or relative who is a lawyer, consider him only if his legal expertise is exactly what you need. Otherwise, you may be putting the results of your case at risk.
Local Bar Associations
Another good resource you can check is your local bar association. County and city bar associations usually offer referral services, and so does the American Bar association.
Lawyers often recommend other lawyers having the legal expertise you need, depending on the specifics of your case. 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.
Aside from legal directories, there are also for-profit directories online that offer search vehicles for those looking for a lawyer. Of course, you can explore online reviews on independent websites dedicated to the legal profession. These reviews can really help you as they give you an idea of how hiring a certain attorney may play out for you.
With the U.S.’record number of practicing attorneys these days, finding somebody should indeed be easy.However, finding an attorney is hardly where it ends.
The more challenging part is knowing you’ve found the best one for you. Definitely, you need to make a good number of considerations. Number one is qualifications. Then you need to be sure that they are experienced with legal situations such as yours. Once you have looked into these technical aspects, try to understand their personality. Finally, do you think you will get along together as a team? Keep in mind that your success may ultimately depend on how cooperative you are and how sincere or dedicated your lawyer is.