We have some suggestions to help you find the best attorney to provide the kind of legal services you need:
- Think specialization. You don’t need just any attorney; you’re looking for someone with experience in a particular aspect of the law.
- Ask around. There’s nothing like a personal referral from someone you trust. Talk to friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors to see if they can recommend an attorney with the right expertise.
- Get in touch with the local Bar Association. It will have directory of all practicing lawyers in your area.
- Visit legal aid websites. These organizations can provide you with trusted referrals and legal consultation services.
The Next Step in Getting Legal Help
At this point, you should have a list of four or five recommended local attorneys. Now it’s time to make that first call. You should first ask to set up a face-to-face meeting but be aware that many attorneys charge for this introductory session. That’s why your first question should be: “Do you charge for the initial visit?”
- Do you specialize in my type of case?
- Do you have any special credentials?
- Exactly who will handle my case; the attorney or a paralegal?
- Who will be my point-of-contact?
- What’s the preferred way to communicate with your office?
- Will I be billed for phone calls and email correspondence with either the attorney or staff?
- How will I be informed about any progress in my case?
- How will fees be calculated? Hourly, contingency, or flat fee? If I will be billed hourly, will I be required to pay for portions of an hour?
- What expenses am I responsible for?
- How often can I expect to receive a bill?
- Is advance payment required? What happens to that money if I terminate the case before it’s resolved?
- Will I receive copies of all documents pertaining to my case?