Steps to Find a Good Lawyer
Looking for a lawyer to help you with your legal problem doesn't have to be difficult, for as long as you understand what category does you legal case belong, so you can easily stream down on the field of practice where some lawyers specialize in it.
In searching for a potential lawyer who can handle and win your case, you have to base your search on these two factors: the lawyer must have the training and expertise on the practice area where you case belongs and the lawyer must be experienced in the courts and laws in your particular place.
Examples of practice areas are: bankruptcy law for those struggling with their finances; criminal law applies into crimes or potentially illegal activities; disability specialist handles Social Security or veteran's disability claims; trusts and estates deals with issues on estate planning, qualifying for Medicaid, probating an estate, and guardianship issues; family law for separation, divorce, pre-nuptial agreements, adoption, guardianship, child custody and support; personal injury law involving medical malpractice, dog bites, car accidents, and personal injury; employment law helps businesses set up employment policies or handle cases between employer-employee relationship; small business or corporate law to help in the legal process of establishing a business.
When you have an idea as to which practice area you case belongs, contact the local bar association, through the association's website, for free referral service so they can recommend an attorney for your case. Or if there is no local bar association in your locality, you can also check on online listings of attorneys that are practicing in your area.
Friends and family members are also good sources for referrals on whom they can suggest for an attorney for your case and find out from them about the services and the cost incurred.
When you have a list of your potential lawyers, contact each of them and set up a consultation, but find out if there is a consultation fee so you can avoid making an appointment with that lawyer.
Come up with a list of questions when you have met with each of your list of lawyers, like attorney's fees, whether it is on an hour basis or a flat fee; delivery time for the legal work, although it may not be that definite, but the lawyer can tell how long similar cases have lasted; the availability of the lawyer whenever you need him. In your discussion with each lawyer, find time to show your relevant documents which are needed in your case, so the lawyer can go over them and can evaluate on whether he/she is willing to take the case, at the same time, if your case has a high chance of winning.
When you have weighed down the your meeting and discussion with each lawyer, choose the lawyer whom you found satisfaction with how he/she answered your questions.
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