I Need to Sue Somebody, or Somebody’s Suing Me: How Do I Choose a Lawyer?
Author: Patrice B. Newman, Lawyer
- Most lawyers offer a free consult. Take advantage of this and if possible, arrange to meet the lawyer in person.
- Ask your friends for a referral.
- Ask the lawyer if they will provide references.
- Determine whether the lawyer concentrates on any particular area of practice. Make sure the lawyer has experience dealing with your type of legal problem.
- Find out if the lawyer has court and/or mediation experience.
- Determine how the lawyer expects to be paid. Ask what the lawyer’s hourly rate is, and what the rate includes. Also, determine if the lawyer will take your case on a contingency basis, meaning that the lawyer only receives legal fees when you receive compensation.
- You should feel confident with the discussion you had with the lawyer, the questions you were asked, and the advice you have been given.
- You should also have an idea of what to expect during the litigation process, which can be quite lengthy.
- Finally, go with your gut. Once you’ve done a bit of homework, your instincts will tell you if you and your lawyer are a good “match.” Just pay attention.
If you are looking for an experienced litigator, contact Patrice B. Newman to obtain a free consult to discuss your rights.