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Ask for a free consultation. Many lawyers will offer a free consultation, so you can have your questions answered. During the consultation, you can also see if you are comfortable with that lawyer. Always go to more than one free consultation so you have a good mix of lawyers to choose from.
If there is a lawyer that's looking for you to hire them and you didn't ask them to, stay away from them. This is often the domain of scammers. Do careful research to hire a lawyer who will work on terms you define.
You will be able to save some money and time if you're ready with information, as well as paperwork, prior to having a consultation. A good lawyer needs all the facts before he can give you a reliable estimate of charges. Being efficient will help you save money.
Ask everyone you know if they've used a lawyer for a legal situation such as yours, and who they might recommend. Don't forget to collect references for the lawyers on your short list and check them out. Also conduct a background check and Google them to see what others say about their services.
You may wish to give services that refer lawyers a try. You can find quality lawyers by utilizing these services. The quality level can be inconsistent, since some screen lawyers carefully and include just the ones with a certain set of qualifications and experience. There are those that list good lawyers based upon whether or not a lawyer maintains liability insurance per state bar standards. Find out what their standards are before using a referral service for this very important decision.
You should make sure you have a solid case before attacking someone in court. Keep in mind that some lawyers only have their own interest in mind and will advise you to go to court regardless of how solid your case is. Present your case to different professionals and do some research on your own before you go to court.
Ask your friends and family if they know any good lawyers. There could easily be a reputable and fair attorney that has helped one of your friends or family members in the past. It will save you time and should help you get someone working on your case that much sooner.
You need to make sure you're asking enough questions. During your consultation, your lawyer should answer every question you have. They need to make you feel comfortable. If you do not, you must move on and interview another lawyer.
Keep a paper trail. Document all conversations and meetings with your lawyer. Take note of all questions asked, as well as their answers and record all arrangements and discussions of fees and charges. Lawyers are only human and make mistakes. Give yourself a layer of protection with excessive record keeping.
Lawyers are often a laughing matter, but it is not so funny when you actually need one. With luck, this article has given you some good ideas on how to find a good lawyer and how to use one effectively in protecting yourself and interests in life. Good luck!