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How To Choose A Good Lawyer

Updated on September 5, 2015

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Anyone with the need to find a lawyer knows how this can be a daunting task. Use the yellow pages or find a lawyer online is like swimming in a sea of offers and don't know who to turn to. Sometimes, even with the recommendations of friends and acquaintances.

I'v done this myself and the first thing I would recommend is decide what kind of lawyer you need based on the type of situation you find yourself. In my case a real estate lawyer. Lawyers are different and vary between those specialised in civil law, family law, criminal defence federal lawyer, tax attorney, injury lawyers ,car accident lawyers,dui attorney,divorce lawyer,lemon law attorneys, You need one to Purchase Structured Settlements. There are so many available, one for every cause.

Knowing how many years of experience a lawyer has (for me personally) is an important criteria, not to be neglected. Not only must they have experience, but also be well placed in the area for which the legal representation you are looking for also suits you're particular situation. A lawyer can be great for real estate matters, but not be so experienced in criminal cases. Generally lawyers are expensive, but you must not choose a lawyer only because he/she is expensive and believe that if they are expensive they must be very good. Most expensive lawyers are not always the best choice for your situation but then again they can be! But price is usually the primary factor in choosing the right Attorney. Always ask if you can get references from former clients and contact them if you can. Try to find out how many cases they won and how they are viewed by colleagues.

Advice- don't be afraid to ask your family, friends and colleagues for advice. Most of them might have gone through a divorce, or had some other legal issue and would gladly give you some advice and recommend you a lawyer.

If you already have confidence in a lawyer, but your situation is not in his/her field of expertise you can ask him/her to recommend you another lawyer more suitable in that area. For example a divorce lawyer could refer you to a good real estate attorney and vice versa. You should feel comfortable and not ignore your first impressions and follow your instinct when choosing an attorney. Sit in front of the potential lawyer and follow your feelings while you speak. Try to get a sense of the conversation, is he/she interested,does he/she seem genuinely interested in helping you. If you don't feel comfortable with the lawyer you choose it's not a good sign. If you have any doubts, try another lawyer. You should feel calm with your choosen lawyer and believe that they will work for your best interest.

Sometimes when you search for a professional, age is a determining factor. However, this is not necessarily a good indicator that a lawyer might not have the experience. Sometimes a young lawyer who is trying to make a name will work much harder to win a case and will do an excellent job for its clients. After choosing the right lawyer, make sure you get as much information as possible about the cost- and payment options. Once you have decided wich lawyer will represent your legal issues, you will feel much more prepared.

I Hope you never are in need of an attorney, but if you do, hope all works out well. And always remember that it's better to settle it out of court in a friendly manner rather than end up in court.

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      nicolegray823 5 years ago from Covington

      Very informative, two thumbs up! This is very helpful to people who are particularly lacking the knowledge on what to do when faced with situation that needs to be handled by someone whose expertise is about law. Indeed, in choosing the best person to help us out of the situation we’re in is to refer to a person whose track record is remarkable in terms of handling cases with the same nature as that we’re into.

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      lawyerblog 5 years ago from USA

      Thank you for the tips. I find it useful.

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      Taniatravels 6 years ago

      I wish i had this kind of information 3 years ago when was going through a divorce. Its true, picking the right type of lawyer is important! Thanks Janga for sharing this info and hoping to never to need a lawyer! :)

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      Kamalesh050 6 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

      Well done, its a nice hub and informative.

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      ofeliaw 6 years ago

      Very informative and well written information.

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      P. Thorpe Christiansen 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      Great Hub, Jangaplanet--can't wait to see a few of the 16,000. Your Hubs are always very informative.

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      A Ercoli 6 years ago

      Thanks Bronson_Hub glad you enjoyed the article.

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      Bronson_Hub 6 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Clicked twice, sorry >

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      Bronson_Hub 6 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Excellent advice and I liked your concluding point, "Hope you never are in need of an attorney,but if you do, hope all works out well. I say "better to settle it out of court in a friendly manner rather than end up in court""

      Me too!

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      A Ercoli 6 years ago

      Thank you rangert, i am glad you find my article well written. I am really happy to have your opinion on this matter regarding Law ,coming from a lawyer this is a great feeling.

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      rangert 6 years ago from Florida

      Nicely written article. As an attorney, it is true, there are many types of attorneys, just like there are many types of physicians. I would recommend that one needing an attorney seek out a specialist, rather than a jack of all trades. Also, ask the lawyer how much experience he has in the particular area. For instance, if seeing a criminal attorney, ask them how many times in the past year they have had a trial, etc. Tim