At one time or another during your life, you’ll need to find an attorney. Whether you’re filing for divorce, bankruptcy, or filing a workers’ compensation or personal injury claim, you’ll need to retain the professional services of an experienced attorney in your area. Due to the stress of dealing with a lawsuit, many people may feel that finding an attorney is difficult or that choosing an attorney that is experienced yet affordable is all but impossible to find. However, finding an attorney may actually be a lot easier than you think.
Like many people, you may be wondering how to find a good lawyer near you. Believe it or not, the first step is surprisingly simple yet also critical; determine the nature of your filing or lawsuit. Just like physicians, lawyers and legal professionals have areas in which they specialize in. While this may seem self explanatory, finding the right lawyer for your specific needs can be confusing depending on the nature of your case.
Once you’ve determined the nature of your case, the next step in finding a lawyer is ask for personal recommendations from family, friends, and others whom you trust. Chances are, they can personally vouch for the services of a lawyer they’ve used in the past. Often times, people feel more comfortable working with a lawyer that has been recommended to them personally.
The internet is also an excellent way to not only cross reference or research for list of personal recommendations, but also to branch out and find other lawyers in your area. Be sure to carefully review former or present client reviews and check with your state’s bar association for further information.
Perhaps the most important step in finding an attorney is to schedule an initial consultation or interview. During this time, you'll have the opportunity to explain the nature of your case as well as voice your questions or concerns. Be sure to come prepared with any evidence or documents related to your case as well as a list of questions to ask a lawyer. More like this.