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How to Find a Lawyer
Sometimes, we face a situation that requires the special expertise of a lawyer. This could be a traffic incident, a case of medical malpractice, a labor case or just about any possibility. Of course, we’ll always want the best representation that we can afford, and that is why extreme care is important when choosing an attorney.
If you’re searching for a lawyer, these tips should help you out:
Know the need.
Each lawyer has a basic understanding of the legal system, but not all of them know the nuances of all legal fields. In other words, find someone who specializes in the type of case you’re facing. So if you’re involved in a major car accident, don’t hire a lawyer whose practice is focused on family law.
Seek personal recommendations.
You can start your search by asking for referrals from people you know and trust. Talk to relatives or friends who may have faced the same legal situation as you. Were they happy with the lawyer’s services? Would they be happy to recommend him to you?
Contact Bar Associations.
Bar Associations on all levels – local, state and national – provide search and referral tools which come in handy for anyone who needs a lawyer. They won’t be able to help you directly, but they can give you a list of potential lawyers based on your subject area and location.
Legal aid websites are just another place where you can get help when you want legal representation or consultation and don’t know where to begin. You can browse around individual lawyer websites too, but take time to check if the testimonials and other information are real, including the lawyers themselves.
Ask your insurer for help.
You probably know that your car insurance company will defend you in court following an accident, but did you also know that your home insurer or renter insurer can also provide the same help with other issues? See if this will work in your case. If they don’t usually do that, they can still provide some valuable lawyer recommendations.
Call your prospects.
With the leads you now have, it’s time to talk to them each. During your initial meeting, which is usually free, make sure to bring all the documents that you think will help establish your case, and a list of questions that you would like to ask the lawyer. These questions can be about how long they have been a lawyer, how much experience they have with the type of case you’re dealing with, their litigation background, and so on and so forth. For his part, expect the lawyer to tell you honestly whether or not he is interested to accept your case. Finally, if he declines, don’t hesitate to ask why. This is probably nothing personal and the lawyer will understand for sure.
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