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.
Oliver and Sherrie M. – Car Accident
“We were hit head-on by someone who run a red light. I got bruised up real bad inside and I had just had shoulder surgery and it inflamed that. My wife was hurt the worst. It disfigured her right arm. We were referred to Mr. West through our son-in-law so we went up and set an appointment with him. We went in and met him for the first time and he is a very nice gentleman to say the least. He took over the case and found out who the [driver] was. It had totaled the car and I had just gotten it paid off. They didn’t even get hurt. Mr. West took the case and went way out of his way to help. The lady who hit us … they had only the cheapest insurance to get the car on the road … so he helped us get more money to help us pay the bills. We are very happy with how it turned out. Kelly and West, they’re good people. You can talk to them and they’re down home people.”