Legal services do not come for free, so it means you should not settle for less when it comes to finding a reputable and experienced attorney for your legal needs. The good news is there is definitely no shortage of legal talent in the world today. Even so, some due diligence will be necessary if you are to end up with a lawyer you will be happy with. There are some key questions you can ask which can guide you into making an informed decision.
Keep in mind that most attorneys today will often give a free or low-cost first time consultation with their clients to get to understand their legal requirements. How about you take advantage of this first meeting to ask questions that will shed more light into their qualifications, competence, and skill? No doubt when you are done with that first meeting, you will be well placed to make an informed choice of your legal issues. Here are some of the general questions that should point you to the right direction.
Keep in mind that these questions to do with expertise, experience, special and additional knowledge, legal fees and case management should be within your legal rights to ask. How long have you practiced law? At the very minimum, it will be in your best interest to know the attorney’s experience in the legal field. Note that highly experienced lawyers should handle not all cases, but having some knowledge on their experience will set the pace for you.
Do you have any other additional training in addition to your law degree? Note that cases such as those to do with DUI and patent law will require specialized training in addition to the basic law degree so ensure you know what your lawyer of choice has specialized in. Who is your typical client – yet another very important question? You don’t want to waste your time interviewing a lawyer that only deals with corporates, now do you? It is no wonder you are advised to make some background research to gather more info. from the lawyer’s official website before you book that first appointment.
Always feel free to ask about a lawyer’s track record without feeling or acting shy so seek to establish the number of cases similar to yours that they have handled. This is obviously a very important question, after all, you will only work with an attorney you can afford to pay, right so be sure to ask about their fees and other legal charges that you stand to incur?