The fact that you are not getting legal services for free means you shouldn’t settle for less when it comes to getting a competent lawyer. You are in luck, though because you will be lost for options when it comes to choosing the most effective and competent legal representation for your needs. But you shouldn’t just assume this and proceed to hire a lawyer without doing some due diligence. There are some key questions you can ask which can guide you into making an informed decision.
Any competent lawyer today will not hesitate to give you a low-cost or even free first-time consultation meeting so they can have a clear picture of your legal issues. You should take advantage of this first meeting to ask some of the basic questions in regards to their area of specialization and operations in general. After this first consultation meeting, you will be in a position to decide whether you want to proceed with the lawyer or you should look elsewhere. Here are some of the general questions that should point you to the right direction.
It is within your rights to know so don’t feel intimidated or shy away from thinking you shouldn’t be asking such nitty-gritty. How many years of experience do you have in law practice? At the very minimum, it will be in your best interest to know the attorney’s experience in the legal field. Not to disqualify new entrants into the legal industry, but wouldn’t it be nice to know how experienced, or inexperienced thereof, the attorney you are dealing with is.
What other area have you specialized in on top of your law degree? Note that cases such as those to do with DUI and patent law will require specialized training in addition to the basic law degree so ensure you know what your lawyer of choice has specialized in. How is your typical client like – the second most important question that should guide you into making a wise decision. It will be pointless to waste your time talking to an attorney that doesn’t handle individual cases, right? As such, it will do you good to visit their official website to find more info. on their practice, before you waste your time and theirs booking that first appointment.
Ask about the number of cases settled out of court, those won, etc and whether they have handled cases similar to yours. It is also important that you set the record straight in regards to the attorney’s fee and legal costs.