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How to Find a Good Lawyer

How to Find a Good Lawyer

Are you in trouble with the law? Or perhaps you need someone to go over that juicy contract you’re about to sign? No matter what the reason, it’s important that you employ the right person for the job. After all, not every lawyer is created equal.

Finding the right lawyer involves quite a few variables – it can get a little confusing, we’ll be the first to admit that. However, that’s no excuse to hire a flop. We’ve put together a quick guide that will give you everything you need to know to find the best legal representative for you.

Talk to People

Personal referrals work extremely well when it comes to find a good lawyer. It really helps to talk to people in your direct community, as they’ll have experience and reviews on a personal level.

Don’t just rely on a single person, however. Try and cast your net as far as you can to get a varied and level response. Once you’ve found a couple of good leads, use the rest of our advice to decide whether the lawyer is a good fit.

Don’t Decide Solely on The Financials

And this goes both ways. Don’t contract a lawyer simply because he’s the most expensive in town. Similarly, don’t rule someone out just because you think they’re a little on the cheap side.

Don’t be put off by someone who is quite expensive either. They can sometimes do the work of a ‘cheap’ lawyer in twice the time, which can save you money if they bill by the hour. Some lawyers will try and quote a cheap hourly rate, planning to make it back by invoicing plenty of time. Don’t fall for this trap!

The Right Experience

If you’re looking for a good divorce lawyer, it’s not going to help you that your lawyer has never lost a case in a criminal court. You want a lawyer that has plenty of experience in the field you need. That’s actually more important than most other qualities!

Do You Get Along?

It may seem like a small thing, but it’s important that you get along with your legal representative. You need decent chemistry with the guy or gal, as you’ll be spending plenty of time together discussing your needs. It doesn’t go over some of our other items on this checklist, but it’s nevertheless an important thing to think about.

Ask for References

It doesn’t matter what kind of business you’re looking to contract, there should always be a load of references available for you to look over. If your lawyer doesn’t have many, that should get the alarm bells ringing.

Who Will You Be Working With?

Law firms will sometimes use junior associates for the actual legwork, even though you think you’ve hired a top dog. Make sure you ask exactly whom you’ll be working with and who will be handling your legal affairs. You don’t want to get stuck with a kid who’s just come out of law school and doesn’t really know what he’s doing!

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Legal analysis with a focus on cases in Florida. Dedicated to a fair and just legal system.