How to Choose the Right Lawyer

For most people, there comes a time in our lives when we need a lawyer, whether it be for basic legal advice or documentation, or a more serious matter.  

Making sure you have the correct person to represent your interests is essential to trusting your legal matters are taken care of.  

Finding the right lawyer can seem complicated, but if you follow these basic tips, you can quickly simplify the selection process.

Where to start - The American Bar Association can help you find accredited lawyers through their online directory.  

The national Lawyer Referral Directory through the ABA website can direct you by state to attorneys in your area.  Once you have a list, you can start asking questions.

Explore services -  You probably have a pretty good idea of what you need legal help with.  Verifying which lawyers offer those services is the next step to choosing your representation.  

Luckily, a lot of basic research can be done right on the web.  Many law firms or independent attorneys list their services on their website.  You can also get basic contact information from the internet.  

Set aside time to call at least a few different offices and find out about the services they offer, as well as their specialties.

Meet and Greet - Once you’ve determined which lawyer you are interested in having represent you, it’s time to meet them!  

Set up an appointment for a consultation.  While you may be charged for the time you spend going over your case, it is well worth the expense to ensure that you feel comfortable with your representation.

Legal matters can be stressful, and finding a lawyer that makes you feel comfortable and confident is important.  With these simple and easy steps, you can help find the lawyer that works best for you and can fit your needs.

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