- Process of choosing a lawyer
- Gathering all case information
- Getting in touch: find specializations
- Making an actual appointment
- What is a licensed lawyer
- What about fees you'll have to pay
At some point most of us will find that we need a lawyer. For a lot of people this presents a problem as we have no idea how to go about choosing one. Fortunately the process is not all that complicated and in a lot of ways is just like hiring any other professional. The big thing is to make sure that you find somebody you are comfortable with.
The first thing that you have to do in order to choose a lawyer is to decide on what kind of lawyer you need. This will depend obviously on the type of case that you have. If you are facing criminal charges for example you are not going to want to hire an immigration lawyer. These days almost all lawyers are specialists in one particular area of the law so you will need to get one that specializes in the area that you need.
Once you know what kind of lawyer you need the next step is to make a list of potential lawyers that you will investigate further. The best place to get lawyers to put on this list is from referrals from people that you know. This way you will be able to get their opinions on their lawyer so that you can know if they are a good fit for you. If you don't know anybody who can give you a referral you will likely have to resort to using the phone book. One good option that you may want to consider is to check if there is a law referral service in your area. This is usually a non-profit group that helps people to find a lawyer.
The next step is to meet with the lawyers that you are considering so that you can get a good idea of how they will be able to help you. At this meeting you will want to lay out the particulars of your case so that your lawyer can determine if he is going to be able to help you. He will also likely tell you how he plans to proceed with your case, make sure that you are happy with this approach. At this meeting you should also make sure that you ask questions to address any concerns that you may have.
After meeting a few lawyers you should have a good idea of whether or not they are a good fit for you. Once you have found one that you like you will need to do a background check on them to make sure that everything that they told you is true. This can be done fairly easily by checking with the local bar association. They will be able to tell you about any lawyer's education and experience as well as any complaints that have been lodged against a lawyer.