7 Tips for Picking a Lawyer


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Are you trying to find the right lawyer for your situation and personality? Read this slideshare to learn how to pick the lawyer that's perfect for you!

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7 Tips for Picking a Lawyer

  1. 1. 7 Tips for Picking a Lawyer It’s important to find the right lawyer for your situation!
  2. 2. Why would you need a lawyer?  People need lawyers for various reasons.  Divorce, personal injuries from a car accident caused by negligence, or driving while under the influence are common reasons for needing a lawyer.  However, there are endless scenarios of people in situations that need a lawyer’s help.  The trick is finding the right lawyer for the situation. The following slides will show you how to do just that:
  3. 3. 1. Determine the type of lawyer.  Determine the type of lawyer you’ll need for your situation. Here are some examples of the most common types of lawyers people need:  Criminal defense lawyer  Personal injury lawyer  Family lawyer  Bankruptcy lawyer  Corporate lawyer  Estate planning lawyer
  4. 4. 2. Interview your candidates.  Most lawyers provide a free consultation to anyone interested in working with them. During these consultations, ask the following questions:  What experience do you have in your type of legal matter?  How long have you been in practice?  What is your track record of success?  Do you have any special skills or certifications?  What are your fees and how are they structured?  Do you outsource any key legal tasks for functions?
  5. 5. 3. Consult your resources.  The Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (found online at Martindale.com) is a great resource for people wanting information about a law firm and its lawyers.  You can also talk to friends and family to see if they have worked with excellent attorneys they would recommend.
  6. 6. 4. Talk to other attorneys.  Ask lawyers what they know about the skill and reputation of other lawyers. This is a good way to find out the ethics, demeanor, practice habits, competence level, and reputation of the lawyers you’re interested in.
  7. 7. 5. Do a background check.  Contact the lawyer disciplinary agency in your state to find out if the lawyer is in good standing as a member of the bar. You should also always check references, especially if you found your lawyer via the Internet.
  8. 8. 6. Tour the lawyer’s office.  Request a quick tour of the lawyer’s law office. Make a mental note of whether the office is neat, organized, well-run, and efficient. Look for red flags like unhappy staff members, messy areas, and overall chaos.
  9. 9. 7. Pay attention to how you feel.  Don’t forget to consult your gut feeling. If you feel calm and at ease about your choice, then you’ve probably picked a good lawyer. If you’re still feeling stressed and anxious after you’ve made a decision, you may need to take a step back and reevaluate your choices.
  10. 10. Call an Attorney Today  If you’re looking for a lawyer in Utah that offers criminal defense services, call The Advocate Attorney today.  Our lawyers have years of experience negotiating effective resolutions in order to achieve favorable outcomes for our clients.  Visit our website theadvocateattorney.com or call us at (801) 675-4232 to learn more about us and to see if we are the right fit for you.