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HOW TO: Research & Hire the Right Attorney

Updated on April 15, 2014

Whether you’re looking to have your marriage annulled or want someone to help with your personal injury claim, it can take a bit of skill and common sense in order to find the right attorney. In this post, we’ll be giving you a few tips to help you in your search for better legal representation.

1. Internet Research

The internet has opened up avenues for both businesses and clients. Thanks to smartphones, most people are constantly connected and it’s not uncommon for them to go on Google to search for a lawyer in their area. Attorneys realize the power of the internet, which is why many will aggressively market their services online. With that said, it’s important to look at a lawyer’s (or law firm’s) reviews before picking them. Most of the good ones usually have verified client reviews on their Google+ pages and Yelp.

2. Smaller Firms Could Be Better

Most people tend to think that bigger is better. This isn't true when it comes to seeking out a good attorney. Getting a lawyer from a small firm may give your case the individualized attention that it needs. At the same time, you’ll likely get a much better customer service experience for the duration of your case because your attorney will always be on hand to answer your queries. Smaller firms also tend to specialize in one or two types of litigation meaning that you’ll get a concentrated amount of expertise in one firm compared to larger firms with many different focuses of practice.

3. Awards, Accolades and Recommendations

Reputation, they say, is everything. This is especially true in the legal profession where every attorney knows every other attorney in their state or specialty. At the same time, great attorneys are usually celebrated and awarded with accolades recognizing their excellence. Thomson Reuters' "Super Lawyers" list (http://www.superlawyers.com/) recognizes the best of the best and highlights top lawyers in different specialties. Their website also has a search function which lets you search for lawyers in your state in their database. Other sites such as http://www.martindale.com/ and http://www.avvo.com/ let peers review others meaning that you get an unbiased review of preferred lawyers from other attorneys, which in the end gives you the information you need in order to make a balanced and prudent decision.

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