When people need an attorney it’s often that they need help right away, so the pressure is on to find the right representation in the shortest amount of time. Here are five items to look for when searching online for legal representation.
Look to see if they can represent you in your district.
Many people go online to find a lawyer. With the power of the Google algorithm and the sophistication of many attorney's sites, the result you get may not even be in your state or jurisdiction. As an example, I will sometimes get clients looking for representation in a civilian court room, but I only operate in military court rooms. If it is not clear that the attorney you are researching online is licensed in your state, then ask upfront. Otherwise you will have spent a lot of time researching the perfect lawyer just to find that they can't represent you.
Look for the category of law you need assistance in.
Many times when people have a legal issue, they often think lawyers are somewhat interchangeable. But functional expertise matters. Contract lawyers don*t necessarily practice criminal law and criminal defense attorneys don*t necessarily practice employment law. You want someone who understands the law related to your case, the experience to navigate your issue and the ability to succeed on your behalf. As a specific example, I often get calls from military service members who need a family attorney for custody issues. Since I am a criminal defense attorney representing service members, military members often turn to my site thinking they need a military lawyer when what they really need is a good family law attorney.
Review the case results to see if they have represented cases similar to yours.
Successful attorneys will be able to show many examples of winning cases on their websites. In those results, potential clients may be able to delineate the type of law, the specific statutes argued, and the strategy employed to gain a favorable result. This can build confidence that you have a good lead before you spent a lot of time making phone calls to different attorneys.
Find out upfront the travel costs associated with your case before choosing
With the ability for attorneys to advertise outside their hometown to a world-wide clientele, you might find your dream representation anywhere on the globe. However you will be paying for the associated travel cost for that attorney. Many attorneys travel so much they insist upon business class so they can arrive at their destination at their best. This is a completely justifiable practice, but yours to decide if you can afford it. Consider finding a local attorney with the same great potential to represent you without the added cost.
Look for reviews on the website and at the attorney*s associated law directories
Clients often provide reviews whether they get good or bad results. Look for those reviews on the lawyer*s website to ascertain whether your case is similar. This could build confidence in your investment in an attorney. As well, many attorneys seek reviews from their peers. Lawyer directories like Avvo and Justia can provide insight into whether an attorney is respected by their peers especially in their narrow field of practice.
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Finding the right attorney for a price you can afford is a daunting process. Narrowing down the list of potentials can save you time and money and build confidence in your decision to hire a lawyer.
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