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Published On: Thu, Jul 13th, 2017

How to Seek the Right Legal Representation

The lawyer you choose will often determine the outcome of a legal case. Never pick the first attorney you discover at the top of Google and instead extensively research to find the best firm for your needs. To ensure you receive a positive outcome, we are providing informative advice on how to seek the right legal representation.

The Right Experience for Your Case

Many attorneys will specialize in different fields, which is why you must seek the best representation for your particular case. For example, if you are facing a domestic violence charge against an ex-partner, it is wise to consult an attorney who has the skills and experience in that area to handle your case. They will understand the process and will be able to advise on how to get the domestic violence charges dropped, if appropriate for your particular case.  

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Conduct an Interview

Once you have narrowed down your search, make time to conduct an interview to ensure a lawyer can successfully manage your case. An initial consultation will confirm your confidence in their skills or will motivate you to look elsewhere.

Don’t forget to ask an attorney some important questions to make an informed choice, such as:

  • How much experience does the lawyer have in the field?
  • How long have they been practicing law?
  • What is their legal success rate?
  • How much time will they dedicate to your case?
  • How many people will work on the case?
  • What are the fees and the payment structure?
  • Does the firm outsource any legal tasks?

Take a Tour

Why not ask for a tour of the firm’s office when meeting with a lawyer? A look around will allow you to gain an insight into the type of firm who will be handling your case. For instance, a neat, orderly office will indicate an organized environment. Do you hear a telephone ringing constantly? If so this could indicate that the firm misses clients’ phone calls, remember that yours could be one of them. Look for red flags that could indicate that the attorney is the wrong person to handle your case.

The Payment Process

Almost every defendant will want to ensure they hire the right lawyer at the right price. Again, don’t decide until you have done your homework. Just as expensive legal fees do not always equal a qualified attorney; affordable legal fees do not always provide value for money. Many defendants are eager to opt for a cheap attorney to avoid expensive legal fees however a low-fee charging lawyer may lack the experience to handle your case. In such a case, you may end up paying more per hour than you would with a more experienced lawyer with a higher fee.

Considerations

Once you have met with an attorney, you should ask yourself several questions before you hire a firm’s services. For instance, does their experience complement your case? Would you feel comfortable working alongside them? Are you happy with the fees and payment structure? If you are unsure about any of your answers, it might be wise to look elsewhere.

Author: Carol Trehearn

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