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Education and Accreditation

Take time to visit The American Bar Association website. This is where you can confirm the education and credentials of lawyers you are considering. You should also contact your local bar associations to confirm the accreditation status of any lawyer you consider to hire to represent you.

Experience

You need to know just how many clients and cases your lawyer has taken on in the area where you have a legal issue. You also want to know about their experience in taking issues to trial. You do not want to be the test case for a new and inexperienced lawyer. You want, and need a lawyer who knows how to negotiate a settlement and go the distance to take your case to trial, if necessary.

Recommendations

Ask around to check out prior experiences. Check with your friends, family members, colleagues and other lawyers. Get nosy. Perform an Internet search to see if the lawyer has experienced any bad press coverage or has been sued in the past.


Fees & Costs

Discuss all payment options. Get a firm understanding of what is involved in terms of upfront fees, a retainer, out-of-pocket and billable expenses or a percentage of any monetary award. Know what your financial obligations will be and prepare to negotiate to get the best fee possible. If a lawyer tells you about "standard fees" --- always remember the golden rule of business: everything is negotiable.

In many cases, you might do better to look for a law firm instead of a one-man office. Law firms will specialize in one area, such as injury and accidents, or they will have an entire pool of lawyers who cover a wide scope of specialties. This might include lawyers within the firm that specialize in real estate, business, taxes and divorce.


How to Choose a Lawyer.

Laws are complicated. Now More than Ever.

Laws are complicated. So as a result, you can't assume that just because someone has a law degree that they are aware of the intricacies of laws for every circumstance and situation. That's an old school approach. We live in an era of specialization.

In many cases, you might do better to look for a law firm instead of a one-man office. Law firms will specialize in one area, such as injury and accidents, or they will have an entire pool of lawyers who cover a wide scope of specialties. This might include lawyers within the firm that specialize in real estate, business, taxes and divorce.

 
Benefits of working with a law firm.

Let's say your legal issues center around a divorce. The lead divorce attorney in a law firm will be able to consult with other attorneys. If a house is involved, the lead attorney can consult with the firm's real estate attorney. If divestiture of a business is involved, the divorce attorney can simply walk down the hall and discuss your case with the firm's business attorney, and so on.

Before you let a surgeon cut your body open and operate, you take time to find out about his reputation and experience. Right?  Well the same should apply when you select a lawyer to open your life to and represent you in legal affairs.

Your lawyer should specialize in the area that you need legal representation. If you need legal assistance with a divorce --- find a divorce lawyer. If you need a lawyer to represent you in an auto accident case --- find a lawyer who specializes in accidents and injury. Apply the same principles that you would if you were undergoing an operation and needed a heart specialist. Find a lawyer who specializes in what you are dealing with and one who has a track record of experience and performance.


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