There are some attorneys out there who like to advertise that their "practice is limited to DUI defense." Does this mean it's a true statement and does it mean they are good at what they do?
The answer to both is generally "NO." Most lawyers will not turn away cash money if someone calls and says they need help on a minor traffic matter or criminal law matter. This means they are not exclusive in the representation of their clients.
Additionally, limiting ones' practice to one area of law may afford them more time to learn matters of law, science, and other matters relevant to their area of "specialty" but it doesn't necessarily mean they are willing to fight for their clients.
Just because one focuses on a single area of law and may be able to speak intelligently and impressively about it, doesn't necessarily mean they have the necessary skill set to effectively represent someone in court. Make sure your attorney has a proven record in the court room.
He has a "Sponsored Listing" so he must be good
Let's face it, we attorneys pay for sponsored listings because it is a form of advertising in order to get more business (money$$$$). Just because someone is willing to pay a few (or in some instances a LOT) dollars, doesn't mean they are good.
In the case of AVVO, there is at least one Ohio attorney who has a sponsored listing who is a convicted felon. That's right a FELON! Is that who you want representing you? Do the research when YOUR future is on the line.
Additionally, there are plenty of attorneys who are willing to spend money on advertising, but not willing to spend time and effort fighting for you. Again, perform your Due Diligence and make sure the attorney you are hiring has the skills, motivation and experience to handle your very important legal matter.
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In Ohio, you can check with the Ohio Supreme Court to determine if an attorney has ever been sanctioned or lost their license for any reason.