Lawyers are like doctors. They specialize in anything from real estate to wills to personal injury. You want to find a lawyer who specializes in the area of law that concerns you. The lawyer who handles criminal matters does not know about the issues that concern a real estate sale or purchase. A good lawyer is like a partner who will help you understand everything from laws and customs in your area to details of your particular transaction. That's why you need to put in the legwork to find your best match. When choosing a lawyer, think experience. You should be looking for a lawyer who has been practicing real estate long enough to help you to avoid making costly mistakes. To actually find a lawyer, start by talking to lawyers you already know or to people who have used a real estate lawyer recently. Your real estate agent is also a good source for a referral. All experienced real estate agents have worked with real estate lawyers.
Do some research about the names that you have been given. Check the websites of relevant law firms to get a sense of attitudes and specialties. The right lawyer will know the issues and point out solutions that will make sense to you.
Interview more than one lawyer. When interviewing law firms, you may want to meet with the lawyer who will be actually handling your matter. Evaluate the style and attitude of each lawyer that you interview. Here are some questions you should ask each lawyer:
What is your experience in this field?
Have you handled matters like mine?
What are your rates? Do you bill for expenses?
Will you keep me informed about progress or will I be speaking with a paralegal or a secretary?
If the lawyer does not seem knowledgeable or interested in your real estate matter, move on to the next name on your list. Choose the lawyer who gives you the answers that make you comfortable and whose personality meshes with your own.
You need a smart lawyer who will work hard on your behalf and explain what to expect in a way that you understand. You also need a lawyer who you get along with and like. Selecting the right lawyer will save you both time and money while decreasing your stress level.