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. 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?
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 have no ulterior motives, financial or social, in pointing you to an attorney or firm which they have hired before and were satisfied with. 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 could be risking the results of your case.
Local Bar Associations
Another good resource you can check is your local bar association. 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 have a good picture of certain attorneys’ reputations in certain practice areas. 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 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. In most cases, if not all, these directories are online, making it a very useful and convenient tool.
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 incredibly helpful, giving you a picture of the possibilities in the event that you hire a particular attorney.
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 difficult part is knowing whether you’ve found the right one for you. Definitely, you need to make a good number of considerations. On top of the list is qualifications. Then you need to be sure that they are experienced with legal situations such as yours. After checking on all these technical aspects, you need to consider 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.