Updated February 28, 2019
If you’ve never hired an attorney before, keep this in mind: It’s a process. There are a lot of attorneys out there, all with varied backgrounds and case histories. And while no attorney can promise you a guaranteed win in court, there will be some that you’ll mesh better with, who you’ll naturally work better with, and those who you’ll naturally be inclined to choose.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when you go looking to hire an attorney.
It can’t be understated that, just like shopping for a car or a home, you have to shop around for an attorney to find who is going to be the best fit for you. If you’ve worked with another attorney in the past that specializes in a different area, ask for a referral. Then do some of your own research. There’s plenty of information available online. Call and set up initial meetings. You can discuss your case with them and get a feel for how well you click.
Once you sit down with an attorney, ask about their history. See if they have any experience with cases similar to yours, how they were settled, and when they last handled a case like yours. Attorneys specialize, so even if a lawyer has been at the firm for a longer time than another across town, they still may not have the experience the other has.
The majority of cases are actually settled out of court, so also ask how many cases they have had to argue in front of a court. This meeting shouldn’t take very long—you’ll know pretty quickly whether or not you’re comfortable with this attorney.
Be plain when you ask about fees. A good attorney will be able to explain the fee structure to you. Just because a lawyer charges the most doesn’t mean they are the best. They should be able to tell you what you’re actually going to be charged for, specifically. Find an attorney who works with your budget and who also has a good history handling cases like yours.
Ultimately, after you meet with a number of attorneys, there will be one that will stick out most to you as someone you’re going to be comfortable working with, someone you trust, someone who helps you understand the strengths and weaknesses of your case, and someone whose fees are within your budget. Don’t overthink it—trust your gut.
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