Finding a Lawyer
If you intend to hire a lawyer, you will have no shortage of prospects. Statistics show that for every 200 Americans, there is at least one lawyer to take care of them. 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?
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, it can be risky for the outcome of your case.
Local Bar Associations
Your local bar association is another good resource for finding a lawyer. The American Bar Association and most county and city bar associations also provide referral services.
Lawyers may recommend other lawyers who specialize in the field of law where your case falls under. They also know the reputations of other attorneys in certain practice fields. 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 generally international in scope, and you can dig into a database where you can have the choice to search a particular geographic location. These directories are also mostly, if not all, online, which makes them incredibly useful and convenient.
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 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.Finding a attorney, however, is hardly all of it.
The more challenging part is knowing you’ve found the best one for you. Of course, there will be many considerations to make. On top of the list is qualifications. Then you need to ensure that they are experienced handling cases like yours. After checking on all these technical aspects, you need to consider their personality. Finally, do you have personal chemistry as a team? Take note that the success of your case can be ultimately determined by your cooperation and your lawyer’s sincerity.