If you’ve been in an accident, want to file a lawsuit, or need court representation, you’ll have to pick a lawyer. However, with so many options, how do you know which one to choose? Here are 10 tips for selecting a lawyer that’s right for you
1. Check the grapevine.
Chances are, someone in your social circle has already found and contracted a great local lawyer. If your comfortable doing so, try describing your needs in a Facebook post and asking friends for their recommendations. You’ll discover the people’s first choice, and maybe the people’s last option, too.
2. Search your state or local bar association referrals.
Because lawyers are required to register with their State Bar, you can find a complete list of those near you online. These sites will also denote which lawyers have practiced unethically or incorrectly, so you’ll know whom to avoid.
3. Examine their expertise.
The American Bar Association recommends making sure the lawyer you are considering has a solid background and experience in whichever service you are requesting.
4. Keep track of costs.
When having a consultation with a potential lawyer, make sure to ask about any extra costs or fees. An ideal lawyer will present them all to you up front.
5. And billing.
What is the billing structure for your chosen law firm? Know how often you’ll be required to make payments.
6. Keep an eye on communication, too.
Does your potential lawyer reply to you promptly? Does he or she answer your questions directly, or give you a long-winded response? If your lawyer-to-be is hard to reach, or too overwhelmed with other cases, you’re better off hiring someone else.
7. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
A timeless piece of advice — don’t forego your questions! Whether you want to know more about fees or the person’s experience, or even clarification on a legal term, ask away.
8. Make sure you mesh.
You wouldn’t visit a mean doctor, or hire a rude employee, so why would you choose a lawyer who makes you uncomfortable? Keep in mind that you’ll need to share case information with your attorney, and this feels personal for many people.
If you’re looking for a lawyer who strongly values their clients, contact the team at Kelly & West. Having served the Lillington community for over 30 years, we are confident that our attorneys can offer you the best legal assistance. For more information, set up a consultation.
“Reggie Kelly is a fantastic attorney with fantastic paralegals. My wife and I have been using him and his firm since 1983 when we first purchased property in Harnett County 37 years ago. He offers excellent legal advice and guidance. He never gets in a hurry to get us out the door because of his next appointment. He always takes the time needed to check out all of the issues that might come up. Reggie Kelly is a proud American and he loves our country and he wants everyone to do well. Reggie Kelly is an even finer person than he is a fantastic attorney and we are very fortunate to also be able to call him and his wife Cheryl our friends. We give him a 10 STAR Review!”