When you have some legal issue, hiring the
services of a qualified lawyer can prove to be very valuable
especially when the legal issue at hand is complex. A lawyer can often
give strategic legal advice, research on your legal issue in addition
to advocating on your behalf. Even then, locating the right lawyer who
is tailored to your particular situation can be challenging at times.
To help make it easier, discussed below are some lawyer hiring tips to
1. BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. Before anything else, be
certain and specific on what you want the lawyer to assist you in.
This can help you save on time and resources in the hiring process.
Having done this, aim to find a lawyer who is a specialist (rather
than a “general practitioner”)in the particular issue you want
assistance may it be employment matters, business law, family law etc.
2. PERSONAL REFERRALS. A suitable approach can be to converse with
people (friends, family members, community groups etc) to recommend a
lawyer who may have served them before in similar cases as yours.
However after these referrals, meet the lawyer(s) yourself to ascertain
whether they meet your particular needs in the best manner possible.
3. BUSINESS REFERRALS. Businesses providing services related to the
legal area you’re interested in can also help in identifying the best
lawyer to help in your matter. For instance, for small business law,
you can speak to your accountant, banker, real estate broker etc.
4. LAWYER REFERRAL SERVICES. These are another good source of information though they have a wide variation in terms of their quality of
services. Before choosing a lawyer referral service, find out more
about it including how careful it screens lawyers etc.
5. ONLINE SERVICES. Many sites offer a way in which you can connect with the local lawyers in accordance to you legal issue. You can do a thorough online research for these.
6. Other sources can include men’s or
women’s support groups if seeking for the best family/divorce lawyers,
the director incharge of your state, the director of any non-profit
groups dealing with matters related to your case to name a few.
7. INTERVIEW THE PROSPECTIVE LAWYER.
This is another very important step
in the hiring process. With the names of the names of good prospects
you have gathered, plan to talk to each of them either by phone or
personally which’s more recommended, so as to compare them and make an informed decision.
Often times, most lawyers do not charge the initial
consultation. And to help choose the best lawyer for your
case, consider and look for these qualities in them:
• Be friendly
He or she should be easy to form a positive relationship with you and in providing a comfortable/conducive environment in your dealings with him/her.
• Have necessary experience/skills.
He or she must have adequate past experience in auto accident cases as well as the knowledge, and best skills to handle the case presented.
• Must be honest, precise,open and a good communicator.
He or she must be willing and able to explain all case details to the client in a simple way; explain the client’s participation and keep him informed with the progress.
• Easily accessible. He or she must be easily accessible and able to be contacted if need be.
• Clear fee arrangements.
He or she must be willing to make the fee arrangements clear as per the work required by the case at hand, before being hired.
After using your discretion upon carefully interviewing them, you can then arrange an appointment to discuss your matter further with the lawyer who has impressed you most, so as to settle on the best strategy for working with him or her.
Hope these are helpful tips towards hiring the most appropriate and ideal lawyer for your legal issue.