6 Ways to Make Sure You Hire the Right Attorney

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One of the most critical steps in making sure you’re protected from legal issues is to hire the right attorney. Unfortunately, that can be easier said than done, as there are many lawyers out there who will do anything to get your business and will make promises they don’t keep. Here are six ways to help you choose the right attorney for your legal needs.

1) Do your research


Look for an attorney with plenty of case experience and a good reputation in your area of specialty. If you’re going through a complex case, you need an attorney who has experience handling these sorts of issues.

Ask around—friends, family members and neighbors can be great resources when it comes to finding quality legal representation.

2) Know what you need


Make sure you know what you need before you pick up that phone. Do you need a lawyer for your business? If so, do you want help with contracts or drafting other documents? Are you buying or selling a house and are considering using an attorney as part of your real estate transaction? Or do you have a legal issue unrelated to business or real estate that requires litigation?

3) Use available resources


Just because you need a lawyer doesn’t mean you have to spend hours upon hours searching for one. It’s easy to get started: reach out to your colleagues and friends for recommendations, ask your attorney about his or her referral network, or simply go on a search online.

4) Consider alternatives


You may need an attorney, but that doesn’t mean you have to hire one. Many people use LegalZoom or another legal website. These companies can help you create your own will or do-it-yourself divorce papers.

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The downside is that these services generally don’t offer in-person consultations, which means you won’t get personalized advice about your specific case and circumstances.

5) Get referrals from friends and family


When you’re looking for an attorney, get a recommendation from a friend or family member. When you’re choosing an attorney, don’t be afraid to ask friends and family members who they would choose. Ask your lawyer plenty of questions about his/her background and approach.

Remember that lawyers are not minded readers—you have to tell them exactly what it is you want them to do for you. Also, it never hurts to have more than one legal opinion on a situation or document.

6) Keep reading online reviews


One of your best resources is other people’s experience with a certain attorney. You can read reviews on Google+, Yelp, and other sites.

What you see may or may not be reflective of that particular attorney’s work ethic, but reading these will give you a much better idea of whether or not they will fit your needs. An attorney that is good at one thing might not be good at another—and vice versa.