If you’re planning to hire a lawyer, there will be no shortage of prospects out there. Statistics show that for every 200 Americans, there is at least one lawyer to take care of them. But of course, it’s not so much about the quantity as it is the quality of prospects.
So first things first, how exactly can you find a reputable lawyer?
Inarguably, the best route to a good lawyer is word-of-mouth – ask your relatives, friends and business associates for referrals. 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 know a lawyer personally, don’t consider him unless he has the legal expertise that you need. Otherwise, you may be putting the results of your case at risk.
Local Bar Associations
You should also check your local bar association, which is another reliable resource that can help you. 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 are also aware of other attorneys’ reputations. One drawback is that they usually receive a fee for referring clients to one another, so this may affect whom they recommend.
Legal directories are generally international in scope, and you can dig into a database where you can have the choice to search a particular geographic location. In most cases, if not all, these directories are online, making it a very useful and convenient tool.
On top of legal directories, the Internet also has for-profit directories that let you search for a lawyer. Of course, you can check out online reviews as well on third-party websites that are dedicated to legal professionals. These reviews can really help you as they give you an idea of how hiring a certain attorney may play out for you.
With the U.S. having a record number of practicing lawyers today, it should be easy inded to find a prospect almost everywhere you look.But finding an attorney is only your fist step.
The more challenging part is knowing you’ve found the best one for you. Certainly, there will be several considerations to make. On top of the list is qualifications. Then you need to be sure that they are experienced with legal situations such as yours. When they check out on all these technical aspects, you have to look at their personality. Finally, do you have personal chemistry as a team? Remember, the success of your case still ultimately depends on how cooperative you are and how interested and sincere your lawyer is.