How and when you need an attorney is generally unpredictable. There may not always be an emergency, but when the time comes to find legal counsel, you may be very overwhelmed and confused. Here are our tips for how to find an attorney to help with your legal issue:

(1) Start with Location

Attorneys with within jurisdictions, which can simply be divided by countries and states. But within jurisdictions, there are many courts. The first key to finding an attorney is knowing where you legal issues comes from. If you’re purchasing something, what county is it located in? If you’re served with court papers, what is the name of the court listed on the top of the page? If you were injured, where did it happen? Once you know where your legal issue is, then you know what ZIP Code to look for an attorney in.

(2) Narrow down the type of attorney that you need.

Not all attorneys are created equal and we’re certainly not qualified to practice every area of law. There are macro practices (like Criminal Defense, Plaintiff’s Attorney, Family Law and Civil Defense) and micro practices (like DUI Defense, Auto Injury Attorney, Collaborative Divorce, and Medical Malpractice Defense). Once you know the type of attorney that you need, you can start focusing on attorneys with similar skill sets and look for reviews for attorneys who do that type of work.

If you are injured physically or monetarily, you’re likely a plaintiff. If you’re being charge d with a crime, you need a criminal defense attorney. If you’re being sued, you probably need a civil litigator (or to contact your insurance company and they may provide an attorney). If you’re the victim of a crime, you don’t need an attorney, but you do need the local prosecutor to bring charges.  It can get confusing.  If you still don’t know, you may need to ask someone with legal knowledge (see #3).

(3) Ask Someone You Trust if They Know Any Attorneys

Ask your friend’s attorney friend or ask your friend for to ask the attorney for a referral.  This is the best way to get a referral because an attorney is going to refer you to the person that they would use in your position. We may not personally know the best attorney, but we know who has the best reputation, and that’s who we are going to send you to. 

(4) Pay the consultation fee for the highly referred attorney and go.

This sounds like a silly thing to tell you but you’d be surprised at how many people don’t listen to the recommendations of family and friends because the consultation isn’t free. I can tell you that very few attorneys are able to offer a free consultations. We bill hourly, and there are only so many hours in the day that we can bill. We budget our businesses by figuring out exactly how many hours are in a day in the work week, so it’s very difficult to offer free consultations.  (Although Personal Injury attorneys like us generally offer free consultations).  I know a few hundred dollars seems like you’re losing money, but during a consultation you do get legal advice and the answers to many questions. Once you pay, GO! You also be surprised to hear how many people do not come to consultation that they’ve paid for. The consultation is the key to the last step to determining who you’re going to hire.

(5) Trust your gut.

This is your life, your liberty, your livelihood.  Don’t let someone else make the choice of who your attorney is.  Any legal work can be a burden. You want to make sure that you feel comfortable with the person you’re going to be closely working with through the case. You need to feel like your attorney has your best interest in mind. Ask tough questions and hire who you know is going to work with you not against you. 

As always, if we can help, just call. 

 

15 thoughts on “How to Hire a Good Lawyer”

  1. I liked what you said about hiring a good lawyer. I liked what you said about how it would be smart to find an attorney that you can trust. It seems like you should ask someone who you know and trusts for references.

  2. I wanted to thank you for his advice for getting a good lawyer. You explained that there are different types of attorneys you can pick, like those with micro practices. It sounds important to get a micro practice if you have a very specific kind of case.

  3. I like that you pointed out that asking for recommendations will help since you will have an idea if they have a good reputation based on their experience. I will follow your advice and ask around since I need their services. This is for the divorce that I want to file because I found out that my husband already has another child with another woman.

  4. Thanks for explaining that we should narrow down the type of attorney we need because you’re not all qualified to practice every area of law. My husband and I want to help find an attorney for my sister who was recently charged with high value retail theft. I’m glad I read your article because now I know we should look for an attorney that specializes in criminal defense.

  5. Can I simply say what a relief to find a person that actually understands what they’re talking about over the internet. You definitely know how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More and more people have to read this and understand this side of the story. I was surprised that you are not more popular because you certainly possess the gift.

  6. You made a great point when you said that not all attorneys are created equal and are not qualified in every area of the law. My father has been having issues with his social security and does not know what to do about it. He may want to hire an attorney to help him find a supplemental social security income program.

  7. When faced with criminal charges, it’s important to work with an attorney that can fight for your rights. I like your advice about asking a friend for a referral in order to find the best attorney available. If I were to know anyone facing criminal charges, I would make sure to find a lawyer that has experience with their type of case.

  8. I like how you mentioned that to find a good lawyer you should make sure that you feel comfortable with the person you’re going to be closely working with through the case., and make sure that your attorney has your best interest in mind. My daughter recently got diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, and as a result, I have to miss work a lot to take care of her and take her to doctors appointments, so I’ve been thinking about applying for social security disability and want to hire a lawyer to get the best results. I will definitely keep your great tips and information when looking for a suitable social security lawyer to help me with my case.

  9. Thanks for pointing out that once you know the type of attorney that you need, you can start focusing on attorneys with similar skill sets and look for reviews for attorneys who do that type of work. My husband and I are thinking about hiring an estate planning attorney that can help us make sure that everything in our wills looks good. I think it would be smart to start looking at law firms who practice in that area so that we can hire a lawyer who knows what they’re doing and we can know that everything is going to be done right.

  10. Thanks for explaining how you should ask a friend for a referral when looking for a lawyer. My wife got into an accident that left her with her arms and legs broken, and she wants to take the case to court. I will start looking around for a lawyer with experience similar to my wife’s case by asking friends for some referrals.

  11. Thank you for explaining that it is important to know which kind of attorney you need and that there are macro practices and micro practices. Along with that I think it would be important that the attorney has experience in that field that extends back years. I’ll have to look for a domestic violence attorney.

  12. Your tip to find an attorney that specializes in the area of law you need, such as criminal defense or divorce. To learn about a lawyer’s areas of practice, it might help to check online so you can read reviews and visit their website. This could give you the opportunity to easily search potential attorneys to find one that specializations in the type of issue you have so you can trust them to have the knowledge and experience to help you.

  13. I like your tip about how you should ask your friend’s attorney friend for a referral because a lawyer is going to refer you to the person that they would use in your position. My husband was recently hit by a drunk driver when he was riding his motorcycle the other night and was seriously injured and needs a good lawyer to help us take care of his medical bills. I will definitely keep your great tips and information in mind when trying to find a great lawyer that can help with my husband’s case and get us the money we need for his medical bills.

  14. It’s great that this article talks about how it’s important to find the right type of attorney for your situation, such as if you need a criminal defense lawyer for being charged with drug crimes. When choosing one, you’d probably want to determine the kind you need and then go online to research local lawyers. You could then meet with the ones you’re considering in order to discuss your situation to get their input so you can figure out if they’re able to provide the help you need and if you’re comfortable working with them.

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