Once you’ve come to the realization that you will need to hire a lawyer, the next step you will need to take is picking out a specific one. There are many different specialties for lawyers to go into, and you will want to make sure that you hire the right person for the job.
Obviously, if you are looking to get a divorce, you will not want to hire someone who specializes in criminal law. And the same works in reverse, if you were looking for a criminal lawyer you wouldn’t want to hire one who works on divorces.
Making sure that you choose the best lawyer for your particular situation is the best way to ensure that your already difficult time goes as smoothly as possible. Having the right person on the job for you can make the experience pleasant vs. frustrating.
How Do You Choose the Best Attorney?
When you are first setting up your process for interviewing lawyers, you should begin with making a list of questions that you will want to ask. It is best to call lawyers first and ask them some of these questions over the phone before committing to a formal sit-down interview with them. This process will help you screen and choose the lawyers that you do not want to meet with. You will have a much smaller list work with so that you are able to make the best decision when it comes to your attorney.
When you are completing the list of questions that you are going to go over, you should have a few basic ones on your list.
Some Questions to Consider Asking Your Attorney:
- Has this particular lawyer handled a case like yours before?
- What type of cases are they used to working on?
- Does this lawyer provide a free consultation? If they do not, what is the fee?
- What type of information will you need to bring to the meeting?
- How many cases is your lawyer currently taking? Will they be able to provide you with the time and energy that your case will require?
- Will they be working alone, or will they have others helping them on your case?
- If the lawyer that you are contacting cannot handle your case, ask them if they can provide you with the name of someone who could.
- What is their fee? Can it be negotiated at all? Are there going to be any other legal fees?
- How long has this lawyer been in their practice, and have they ever been in any disciplinary troubles?
- What is a range of the outcomes from the brief description of your case?
- Can they provide you with any client references?
Once you are able to narrow your choices down, you should set up a time to have a face to face meeting with your top contenders. You will want to bring all documents with you that pertain to your case, and you will be asked about the specifics of your case.
Making sure you choose the right lawyer for your case is crucial. Read online reviews, talk to friends and family, and if at all possible, speak with former clients.