Finding a good lawyer to take care of your matters may be a very daunting task. There are various factors that you need to think about before choosing the right attorney to handle your matters. In this article, we are going to discuss some of these factors.
Does the attorney you are considering focus his or her practice in the area of law you are seeking? Attorneys can advertise that they work in certain areas of the law but may not have worked many cases in that specific area of the law. For example, if you are considering hiring a lawyer to handle a car accident case for you, ask him or her how many other car accident cases he or she has handled. Ask how many of those cases were decided in favor of the attorney’s client. You may know an attorney who has been in practice for decades and who advertises that he or she does work in wills and estate matters as well as personal injury. But find out the number of wills they have drafted. Do they just dabble time to time in the area or is it an area of their practice? Most attorneys at Conoscienti & Ledbetter have a couple of areas in which they focus their practice. They may, from time to time, handle a legal matter outside of those areas. So make sure you are getting someone who knows the area of the law and is up to date on the most current laws.
If you are seeking an attorney for any legal issue that involves a court proceeding, then there is always the possibility of an appeal. Inquire about the likelihood of appeal in your particular matter. Enquire if the lawyer handles appeals since not all lawyers do. If they handle appeals, enquire about the costs associated with the appeal. Ask about the timeline of an appeal. If you are looking for an attorney to handle a legal matter that could potentially be brought up on appeal, better to have that same individual working the case from the beginning until the end than have a new lawyer take over in the middle. These considerations on the front end will save you time, money and frustration down the road.
Talk with former and/or current clients of the prospective lawyer to determine if they have had a good experience. Does the individual return calls promptly? Is the attorney someone they would use again? Did they feel the fee the attorney charged was commensurate with the services rendered? If applicable, was the outcome favorable?
Is the attorney you are considering in good standing before the State bar of whichever state you require representation? Has the lawyer been reprimanded or sanctioned for any ethical or any other violations? The information is public record on the state’s board of the professional responsibility or the state bar association websites.
When you choose an attorney you are making an investment, not only financially but an investment of your time. You should be well informed and use all the resources available to you when you make this important decision.