Choosing the right lawyer for your pending case is an overwhelming task because of all the factors that you need to consider beforehand. However, this task can be made easier with just some time and effort put into researching the matter. But before anything else, you need to understand your case and know the difficult terminologies or specifics. Do some research on your case from websites and other places that provide legal advice for people who don’t practice law. With this information, you’ll have a basis of what to look for in an attorney who will represent your case.
The first step is to find a lawyer who specializes in cases similar to the case you are trying to win. Next, you need to read previous clients’ reviews to give you an idea of how this attorney deals with their clients, the cases they handle, and their win rate. Not all cases reach the court, but you can find more about the cases, your lawyer won by searching PACER (public access to court electronic records).
Personal And Business Referrals
Finding the right lawyer for your case isn’t going to happen by simply looking in the phone book or advertisements, or by picking the first lawyer name that comes up in Google search pages. You can ask the people in your life that you trust who had similar cases and won them through their lawyers. No need to limit your options to only people in your life or community, you can also take it further and contact businesses that provide services in the legal area you are after. For example, if you are dealing with an issue regarding small business law, you can speak to bankers and ask them about their lawyers’ suggestions.
Never Depend On Referrals Alone
While asking for referrals is a good start to give you some good ideas to work with, you should never base your choice on them alone. There are other ways you can resort to, to determine for sure if the attorney you chose is the perfect one for your case or not. People don’t share the same perspectives and opinions on lawyers’ styles in handling cases or on how they deal with them. It’s also not smart to accept recommendations from people that experienced different legal issues than yours. For example, if you are facing a case pertaining to small business laws, but sought the advice of lawyers who deal with sexual harassment cases, the legal advice you need might be outside their specialty or not their strongest suit.
Always Consider A Specialist
Even attorneys who claim to be “general practitioners” might not have enough experience in the particular area that concerns you. Most attorneys specialize in certain legal areas. For example, if you are dealing with a case of personal injury, your so-called “general practitioner” might not have enough ideas to help you out in your pending case. Instead, lawyers who have had enough specialized experience and cases would be the optimum choice when you need help in personal injury cases. Lawyers who have had enough training are more likely to provide you with accurate and helpful legal advice.
Meet Your Lawyer First
When you start looking for prospective lawyers, don’t jump to conclusions and pick a random name! You need to “interview” these prospective lawyers to test out some essential factors that could make or break your case. The following are some of the factors you need to consider:
- Personality And Style:
While some people might not pay attention to how your lawyer deals with them or consider it an important factor in choosing their lawyer, it’s rather important. You need to test out the chemistry between you and your future lawyer. If the chemistry is off, it will rather do more harm than you think. You need to choose a lawyer whose personality is compatible with yours.
- Willingness To Work With You:
Just because you chose a lawyer, doesn’t mean that they will agree to work with you. Sometimes, the attorney’s rate might be ridiculously high that you will consider representing yourself and only taking legal advice from them. You will need to make sure that the lawyer you choose will be okay with that.
- The Payment Scheme:
Some lawyers charge per hour; others will only take fees if they win the case. You need to make sure that you understand and agree to the payment scheme your lawyer asks for.
Pending cases are usually tough to handle. Your case might be complex enough that you will need an expert lawyer to help you reach a solution that will satisfy you. Finding the right lawyer for the case takes some time and effort from your part. Before you go searching for answers on the internet, you need to take personal and business referrals into consideration to make sure that the decision you are about to take is the perfect one. If you don’t trust referrals as they might be overridden with personal favors, you might need to consider reading online reviews from old clients.