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How to Choose a Lawyer

No matter what type of case or legal issue you have, you want to have the very best lawyer possible. Ensuring that you have the best lawyer will require some work on your part. It's not difficult, but you will have to do some research to find a lawyer who specializes in the area that you need.

Conduct a Search

There are a few ways to find the right lawyer for your needs.

  • Search your state's bar association for lawyers who practice in certain areas of law. For example, A Real Estate lawyer, a divorce lawyer, a personal injury lawyer and so on.

  • Ask for recommendations from friends and family who may have used a lawyer in the past.

  • Ask a lawyer who you've previously used if they can recommend a good attorney to handle your case. If you've used a bankruptcy lawyer in the past, they may know an excellent family lawyer to help you now.

Meet With a Few Lawyers

Most lawyers offer a free consultation. Set up a meeting with a couple to discuss your case. Ask questions. Get a good feel for the lawyer. Not everyone will be someone who you feel good about or comfortable with. Consider this as a type of interview, to help you choose the lawyer that you feel comfortable with and who you have confidence in. Be sure to discuss the lawyer's fees and if payment arrangements are accepted.

Narrow Down your Choice

Do a quick background check on the lawyer who you have decided on. Check his or her disciplinary record. Make sure that there are no negative marks.

Reach Out to Hire the Lawyer you choose to Handle Your Case

Once you have decided on your lawyer, hire them for your case. Make sure it's something that you have trust in. You will be working closely together, as you work through your case. It's important that your lawyer is someone who you can be open and honest with, as well as one whom you can respect.

While this may seem like a lot of steps and research, it is well worth it when you want to find the best lawyer. Legal cases are serious and require a lot of thought and effort. You'll be happy that you did this research when you're able to put your full trust into the hands of the lawyer who you've chosen.