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Choosing the Right Lawyer and Getting the Best Legal Advice

Aug 17, 2007
When you are seeking legal advice it is very important to find the right lawyer. There are good and bad ones out there and you need to choose one that will fight for you and try to get results that are acceptable. Price is often a problem as there are a lot of attorneys who will over charge you.

One of the best ways to find an attorney is to look in your yellow pages. Here you will find listings of all your local attorneys. Here are some points to look for:

- Try to find a lawyer who is from the same state and city as you are and is familiar with all the state laws.
- The next step is to find a firm that deals with your particular type of case, as many attorneys will specialize in different fields. Because there are so many different rules and regulations for every field it is rare to find an attorney who will deal with more than one field.
- Try to look for an experienced attorney, who will be familiar with all the courthouse rules, regulations and judges
- It is important for your legal advisor to be board certified in the state where they are practicing.
- It is wise to check out their reputation if possible, with general public or peers.
- They should carry malpractice insurance
- Try to get a free initial consultation
- Be careful when you sign a contract. There should not be any hidden fees and everything should be clear and up front. Make sure fees are discussed and agreed on before signing. Read the contract very carefully.

Make a list of a few lawyers before calling them. Ask pertinent questions and be careful of how they tackle and answer them. Be careful to meet with the same attorney who will be handling your case. Here are some questions that you might want to ask:

- Try to find out how much experience they have in cases similar to yours.
- Try to make sure the case can be resolved in your favor and what your options may be.
- How long it will take for settlement
- What your out of pocket expenses might be
- Their fee and total bill
- Make sure they will keep you informed and how they intend to do this.

When you seek legal advice try to keep these points in mind when choosing your lawyer. When you take care to choose wisely you will be able to get the best service for your money.
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