5 Lawyer Tips

July 15, 2013 | Human Relations

A long time ago, finding a smart, highly reputable and trustworthy lawyer was quite difficult despite the fact that the country has one lawyer for every 200 persons. Now, thanks to the emergence of the Internet, you can hire good legal services with just the click of your mouse.

Identify the Nature of Your Problem

First of all, you should know what kind of problem you are dealing with. Remember that there are several kinds of legal specialties such as Employment Law, Civil Litigation and Criminal Law, just to name a few.

For example, if you are looking for somebody who can help you draft a sale of business agreement, you will probably need a good corporate lawyer. However, you would not need that same attorney for your divorce proceedings.

Online Legal Directories

As mentioned earlier, you can now find a lawyer online. One of the most reliable listings is the Martindale-Hubbell legal directory which contains hundreds of law firms with over a million lawyers in 160 different countries all over the world. You can type in your location and it will list down all the law firms and/or solicitor offices near your location.

Referrals Made by Other Lawyers

Even if you live in a large city like New York, most lawyers know each other by first name. If not, they have probably heard of them or know their reputation quite well. This would be very advantageous if you have already hired the services of a lawyer in the past since you can ask him or her for a referral.

Word of Mouth Works Well

Asking your friends, relatives, acquaintances and even workmates or business associates is still one of the best ways to find a good lawyer. They can give you honest opinions because they have been in the situation in the past. This works well because they don’t have any vested interest in recommending someone.

Hiring a family or a relative as your lawyer in a certain case may not be so advantageous for you, even if you will be spending so much less. Their competence will always be clouded by emotion so you really need to think twice about this.

Do an Interview at All Times

Once you have a number of names in your list, even if you’re just looking for a business lawyer or a solicitor with a specialization in criminal law, interview them all one by one. Take note of their competence, communication skills, principles, and of course, their fees.

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