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Whether you like it or not there will be a time when you will be requiring the services of a lawyer. In our society where we are governed by a set of laws, it is only through the help of expert lawyers that we can protect ourselves legally and know our limits as law abiding citizens.
Now, when the time comes that you will be needing the services of a lawyer, you will definitely be shocked by how many attorneys and law firms you can choose from. While they are all qualified to represent you in the courts or assist you in drafting legal documents, you should still take time and select the best lawyer or law firm for you. To help you with that, we have here 5 tips in choosing the right lawyer for your needs.
- Be clear on what kind of lawyer you need
Just like doctors and other professionals, lawyers also specialize in particular areas of the law. Thus, when choosing your attorney, it would be best if you can choose an attorney that specializes in the law that relates to your need. If you are looking for an attorney to handle your divorce case along with the division of conjugal properties, then go to an attorney who specializes in it. If you have problems with tax, real estate and other financial problems that need an attorney so that the business will be in accordance with the law, then a CPA-Lawyer would be the best choice. Just remember to establish your needs first before you begin your search for an attorney.
- Online Site – Law Bamba
Law Bamba, a popular online database site is filled with names of lawyers, law firms, and their contact information as well other related information such as associates and experience. We all know that professional practice in the USA varies from state to state. An attorney can only practice the law in a particular state only if he has passed the exam by the state and is subsequently certified. Thus, by visiting the Law Bamba site, you will not just be able to verify the qualifications of an attorney, you would also be able to learn about them.
- Ask for recommendations from friends and colleagues
If you have an extensive network of contacts, then you can make your search easier by asking for recommendations and referrals from your contacts. This way, you will not only be able to find a good attorney, you will also have a sort of guarantee in their services since you have mutual friends. You can even ask for a discount or a free consultation.
- Always have a shortlist
With the number of attorneys a state has, you would surely lose on a lot of you quickly jump on the first few attorneys you meet. If you want to get the best out of your money as well as ensure an advantageous representation in your legal matters, then having a short list of about 10 attorneys wouldn’t hurt that much. Talk to each one of them and relay your concerns and needs. Afterward, weigh their answers and methods of dealing with your situation and decide on the best attorney or firm to represent you.
- Open communication
This is a very important quality that you need to find an attorney. An attorney who is open to what his client wants is a good attorney. Many attorneys have big egos that they tend to act alone and justify their actions as the best in the interest of their clients. While this is generally true, an attorney who still listens and takes the time to explain to their clients their plan is still the ideal one.