What to Consider when Hiring a Lawyer

With such a large number of lawyers out there, finding one that is right for your situation may seem like a daunting task. If you choose the wrong lawyer, it can be devastating to your situation, which means that you need to make sure that you do research, prior to making a decision. Here are some points to consider when hiring a lawyer.

Determine what You Need

Any lawyer will have a certain area that they specialize in. An attorney that has decades of experience working with DUI cases is likely not the right person to handle your small business legal issues. You need to find an attorney that will understand your case and that has previous experience with the legal matter that you are dealing with.

Ask for Recommendations

Just like situations where you hire a babysitter or a contractor, the very best thing that you can do is to ask business associates, friends and family members for referrals. Chances are, you would not hire a babysitter because they had a catchy television ad, and this is not how you should hire your attorney either. If you do not know anyone that can give you are recommendation, there are a number of other places online that will help you to marrow down your search.

Learn about your Legal Situation

Before you actually begin your search for a lawyer, you need to learn about the legal situation that you are facing. Take time to learn the terms that are used and what your responsibilities are. When you educate yourself about your situation it will also help you to understand what lawyer will be most beneficial to your case. Even some of the simplest situations, such as preparing a Living Will, can benefit greatly from advice gathered from an attorney. Keep this in mind for any legal situation that you are facing.

Shop your Situation Around

The lawyer that you choose is an important decision and making the right decision can make a huge difference in your case. There are many lawyers that will provide you with a free consultation, either on the phone or in person. They will likely be able to provide you with an estimate of the amount of time and money that your legal issue will take, as well as the options that are available. When you take time to make this decision, you will be able to find the best legal representation for your situation.

Whether in need of help with a personal injury case in small claims court help or help with settling a dispute with a client, finding the right legal professionals is essential.

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About Dequiana Jackson

Dequiana Jackson, CEO of Inspired Marketing, Inc., is a small business marketing coach who shows women entrepreneurs how to use solid marketing strategies to turn their life’s passion into a profitable, service-based business. Dequiana is the author of Know Your Business: How to Attract Ideal Clients & Sell More and runs the award-winning blog, Entrepreneur-Resources.net.

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56 comments

  1. It is best to do your thorough research before picking which law firm you want to help you with your legal situation. Great tips, thanks for sharing!

  2. I agree. Asking the right people for recommendations can be a great help. It reduces the time you will spend in researching and shopping around. Instead of looking at all viable choices, you can just find out more about the people recommended to you. Thanks for these tips!
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  3. I like your tips here, finding a lawyer can be stressful. I especially like how you said to learn about the legal situation. I feel that most people don’t bother to learn about what legal procedures they’ll have to deal with. That could help a lot.

  4. I thought the advice to do research on your legal situation before finding a lawyer made a lot of sense and was something many people might not think about. Thanks for the tips on looking into free consultations and getting an estimate. Those ideas would make the process of finding the right attorney easier.

  5. A very informative article. I liked your point which states to take free online legal advice to understand the time and money required to fight the case. I personally have had the opportunity to meet the expertily team via their free online service.

  6. I like your advice to do your own research about your legal situation before looking for a lawyer. I know that I would personally like to be informed about my own case so that I can ask my lawyer the right questions and be able to follow any court proceedings. Obviously, you’re still going to want a lawyer who knows the law more thoroughly, but knowing some basic information is still beneficial. Thanks for the article.

  7. These are wise words you’re offering here. Finding the right lawyer for your case, no matter what it might be, is so important, and choosing one that will work well for you requires a deep thought process and a lot of thorough research. Good information here. Thanks for posting.

  8. It’s cool that just about any area in society has a lawyer that specializes in it. This makes it possible for people to find a lawyer that will be able help them in a very specific way. Like you mention, it’s important to find a lawyer that will understand your case and has experience to know how to handle the situation.

  9. I don’t need a lawyer right now, but I figured that it would smart to have one to call if things get hard legally. There are so many to choose from though and, like you mentioned, it’s very daunting to find the right one. This article helped me a ton though and I hope that I can find the right one for me.

  10. Identify legal experts who have experience in your field. Success is not just a matter of knowing the law relative to a given business model, but integrating that understanding into review procedures, products and people.

  11. Look for a lawyer who understands your business, is an effective communicator and gives advice that is targeted to the issue at hand.

  12. Great article! Thanks so much for all of the information. I found most, if not all of it, highly important and I will be sure to keep the information in mind when hiring a lawyer, especially the free online legal advice!
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  13. Hey Dequiana Jackson !!!

    Great article.Its really nice to read such blog.I appreciate your content.Almost every lawyer has his or her area(s) of speciality. An attorney with decades of immigration experience is the wrong person to hire for a DUI case. Make sure you find a lawyer who understands your case and has expertise in the legal matter you’re dealing with.Before you start looking for lawyers, get educated on your legal issue. Learning the lingo, understanding the issue, and knowing what you as the client will be responsible for will save you time and money. Educating yourself will also help you understand your lawyer more easily.

    Keep posting
    Have a great day

    • Lawyers also factor in how complicated your case is and the amount of time it will take. Even though the trial itself may only take half-a-day, researching the law, finding and interviewing witnesses, as well as preparing documents and arguments for the trial can take days, weeks or even longer. Sometimes unexpected developments take place that make your case even more complicated, which could result in higher fees.

  14. Great Share!

    These are great points@Dequiana Jackson! Hiring a lawyer almost for any type of case can be very difficult because you have several choices and the success of your case really does depend on the experience of the lawyer. 🙂 Keep sharing..

    Cheers!

  15. I agree with you that it is important to find the right lawyer for your needs. I don’t even know how many types of lawyers there are, but search your specific situation and find out if there is a lawyer that specializes in that. My cousin is in the middle of a DUI case, and so he would need to find a DUI attorney to help him the best.

  16. Hii,
    Amazing article! This article is very helpful in order to get detailed information,how to hire a best Lawyer for any type of accident that we are facing.It is very important to choose a right Lawyer for your case.I really appreciate your article.

    Thanks,for sharing this valuable information with us.

  17. Hii,

    An experienced defence lawyer would judge the conditions and charges you are facing and give you the best advice so that you can get rid of the charges as soon as possible. Your post gives me some valuable information that I needed for my case. Your post is easily understandable and an the viewer can get the maximum information.

    I would like to ask you how to go about if your case is related to property issues?

    Regards,
    Thomas Wyckoff
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  18. The best lawyers in your city can carry out task faster and more efficient with the best results in your favor.
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  19. Finding the right lawyer can be tough but it really can make or break a case. Seeking recommendations from friends is a great place to start. Thanks for sharing your advice.

  20. The thing that matters when scouting for a legal practitioner often is the individual himself. Search for a person who offers good judgement, a person who is familiar with what exactly they are talking about: you are able to determine this sometimes while on the telephone or in your first one-on-one meeting.

  21. Hi,

    I really like your post. It is very informative and useful.

    Search for a person who offers good judgment, a person who is familiar with what exactly they are talking about: you are able to determine this sometimes while on the telephone or in your first one-on-one meeting. An exceedingly important point you should carefully consider is carefulness.

    While at the first appointment make a lot of inquiries; make sure he or she has dealt with the sort of case that you require assistance with. Determine just what outcome was in his or her prior cases. Did he or she win or lose. Finding out exactly how the cases were worked on. Determining whether they addressed those cases professionally or not. These are all vital things that might allow a person obtain the best lawyer to your case.

    Thanks for being sharing.

    Regards
    William Lyons

  22. Hello Dequiana,

    Thankyou so much for these valuable tips.

    Communicating well is very important, especially when you remember that a lawyer is supposed to be your advocate. I happen to be the kind of person that has a hard time developing relationships quickly with strangers, so I will be paying close attention to your tips. Thank you for all of the applicable legal advice!

  23. Really great tips here. It’s important to consider some things when we hire a lawyer. I think you mention all the important tips here. Especially, your first point which is determination, check out the lawyer’s working experience and working area is the rare point which you include in your article. Really really good article.

  24. It makes sense that you should figure out what area you need them to be specialized in before choosing. It would be nice to find someone that can give you a free consultation before you hire them. That way, you can see if they are going to be a good fit for you.

  25. Legal assistance from the best professionals is always the best option for your needs on legal terms.
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  26. I really like your tip about asking for recommendations from friends, family, and coworkers. That seems like a great way to find someone that is trustworthy quickly. My husband and I have been thinking about hiring a lawyer to help us with a past issue with a car accident so we will have to keep these tips in mind, thank you for sharing!

  27. Hey Buddy,

    Nice Post,

    I like the content of your post.I too like the topic you choose to write the post. I would like to appreciate you for the efforts you put into writing this post.I just want to say that you have an awesome writing style, your writing can influence anyone. You have explained the post so well that Now I have no doubt regarding hiring a lawyer.

    I can say hiring a legal professional is beneficial if you are stuck in some case and you want to come out o it and you wanna win it. Most often we come across situations where we realize that we must take an advice from a professional.

    Keep Posting & Sharing! 🙂
    Thank You!!! 🙂 🙂

  28. Hi Dequiana,

    I agree with you that finding the perfect and professional lawyer as per your need is quite a difficult task. But if the certain points are followed in smart way then you can find the top most lawyer. Even sometimes you should search online as per there are some selected who have the vast experience in litigation attorney and many more.
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  29. A good lawyer will help you in every way you need that will assure you of good outcome.
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  30. Hey Dequiana Jackson !!

    Thanks for giving such great content.I appreciate it.One way to start the process of hiring a lawyer is to call several lawyers to whom you have been referred or about whom you have heard. There are some preliminary questions that you can ask the lawyer or a staff person before committing yourself to a consultation. The answers will help you choose the two or three lawyers you wish to interview.

    keep sharing !!
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  31. Agreed that referrals and recommendations from people you already know and trust is the best way to go to find a lawyer. It’s just that it can be so easily to manipulate reviews these days that you don’t know what you’re reading is true and what isn’t. Another important thing to do is to see how well you get along with the lawyer when you have your first consultation with them. The last thing you want to do is to rush into the decision and go with the very first lawyer you meet with. You want someone who is going to understand your gaols going into the project and is going to fight for you.

  32. I really like your tip to ask for recommendations when you are looking for a DUI attorney. I think that it’s best to find an attorney you can trust from loved one’s you can trust who have worked with an attorney. I also really appreciate your tip to shop around for an attorney, thanks for the tips!

  33. Thank you for these great tips for finding the correct lawyer for your needs. And I think asking around and word of mouth is a great way to find a lawyer too!

  34. Regarding your legal concerns and questions, always ask the best of legal firms.
    Legal matters are a big deal and must always be handled by professionals with high knowledge on the matter.
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  35. I like all the things you’ve mentioned. Just to add up, when hiring a lawyer try to consider things like — Does the firm handles similar cases? How much of the case does the firm handle? How many cases have gone to trial? How many cases are plea bargained? How are fees calculated? By following all of these tips you will surely get the best of the best lawyers.

  36. Dequiana, I think that finding an attorney that understands your case is probably one of the most helpful steps listed. Mainly, because you’ll have to know what kind of situations you’re dealing with. I think would be able more effectively help you since you can provide them with an accurate account of the situation.

  37. I agree that when looking for an attorney you must first determine what you need. I can see that remembering to do this can help you save time and find someone who knows how to handle your case. It makes sense that shopping around and hiring someone you can trust can help you communicate better.

  38. Thank you for all these great tips to finding a business attorney! One thing that really stood out to me is that you say to determine what area they specialize in. It would be nice to see that they work with a certain type of case that matches your own.

  39. Law firms with high standard of excellence is always the fist choice to go when your seeking for legal advice.

  40. I think the article make a great suggestion about determine what you need beforehand. It states that you need to find an attorney that can understand your case and has experience with cases similar to your own. I can see why that would be really beneficial since I know I would be more comfortable working with a lawyer that has the right experience. What tips factors would you say are important when understanding if a lawyer has proper experience in business settlements?

  41. We are soon going to be involved in a legal case concerning a wetland on our property. It’s important that we find someone that is experienced in environmental law. I agree with you that learning about the legal situation you are facing will help you know what lawyer will be most beneficial for you. Thanks for sharing!

  42. Legal service? Hire the best law firm in town to help you with your legal needs.

  43. Finding the right lawyer can be such a stressful situation, but using these tips will definitely help to ease some of that anxiety! I think many underestimate the amount of preparation it takes for seemingly simple legal matters, so I’m glad you underscored that point. Thanks for sharing!
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  44. I totally agree with you in that it is important to educate yourself about your situation before choosing the best attorney. My brother got charged with a DUI a few days ago and wants to take the case to court. It is always a good idea to consider several attorneys so you have options to compare and choose the one that has experience with cases like yours.

  45. Awesome post! Definitely some very helpful tips and advice! Asking for recommendations and learning about your situation are certainly both very important key aspects. Thanks for sharing!

  46. I really appreciate the tip to research more about the legal situation. Learning more about what a legal situation entails can help you look for the best attorney suited for it. I know that I would want a lawyer who specialized in cases similar to mine. It would make me feel more confident in the legal process.
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  47. very great, thank you for sharing this article. this gave me an idea to protect my business with a great lawyer

  48. Having a lawyer present when starting a start-up seems like it costs a lot at first. But a lawyer can help you secure equity which gives you more money in the long run.
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  49. My cousin is in need of a good DUI lawyer and he really doesn’t know where to start. I like how you mentioned doing a lot of research on your legal situation to get a better idea of what you need in a lawyer. I will pass these tips on to him so he can find a good professional.

  50. I liked that you had mentioned that it can be important to ask for recommendations to make sure you’re making the correct choice when it comes to hiring a lawyer. My wife and I have recently been looking around for some legal help while dealing with a few things with our family. We’ll have to start asking those around us for advice when it comes to getting legal help, and hopefully, we’ll be able to find a professional that will be able to help us out.

  51. It was really good that you said something about asking a few friends or relatives if they know a reliable attorney that they can actually recommend. I also liked how you said that if there isn’t anyone who can make a referral, I can just search the internet for suggestions. I am planning to file a divorce case against my wife because I learned something that really disappointed me. Having a lawyer is my top priority and your article just gave me pointers. Thanks!

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