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How to Find a Lawyer
If you intend to hire a lawyer, you will have no shortage of prospects. Statistics show that for every 200 Americans, there is at least one lawyer to take care of them. The question though is not as much about the quantity or prospects as it is the quality.
So first things first, where do you look to find a good 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 yourself know a lawyer personally, hire him only if his specialty is specifically what you need. Otherwise, you may be putting the results of your case at risk.
Local Bar Associations
Your local bar association is another good resource for finding a lawyer. The American Bar Association and most county and city bar associations also provide referral services.
Lawyers usually recommend other lawyers who may have the legal specialty you need, depending on the nature of your case. They also know the reputations of other attorneys in certain practice fields. 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. Also, such directories are mostly, if not all, found on the Internet, so they really come in handy for the busy ones.
Besides legal directories, you will also find for-profit directories online where you can use a search vehicle to look 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 be very helpful as they give you a peek into the possibilities should you decide to hire a specific attorney.
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 harder part is knowing whether a particular prospect is the right one for you. Certainly, there will be several considerations to make. On top of the list is qualifications. Then you have to make sure they have substantial experience with cases like 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? Keep in mind that your success may ultimately depend on how cooperative you are and how sincere or dedicated your lawyer is.