I Need to Sue Somebody, or Somebody’s Suing Me: How Do I Choose a Lawyer?

Author: Patrice B. Newman, Lawyer

  1. Most lawyers offer a free consult. Take advantage of this and if possible, arrange to meet the lawyer in person.
  2. Ask your friends for a referral.
  3. Ask the lawyer if they will provide references.
  4. Determine whether the lawyer concentrates on any particular area of practice. Make sure the lawyer has experience dealing with your type of legal problem.
  5. Find out if the lawyer has court and/or mediation experience.
  6. 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.
  7. You should feel confident with the discussion you had with the lawyer, the questions you were asked, and the advice you have been given.
  8. You should also have an idea of what to expect during the litigation process, which can be quite lengthy.
  9. 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.