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5 Things To Look For In A Lawyer

Aug 17, 2007
Although most of life's problems can be resolved reasonably easily, there will be times when you will need more expertise and legal advice. Should this occasion arise, and you need to make use of the services of a lawyer, there are 5 things you should make sure you find out before hiring your lawyer. Not only will this hopefully give you a head start on the opposition, but save you costly expenses too.

Experience - have they the relevant experience to your case? Although this might seem obvious, you'd be surprised with the number of people that have hired a lawyer who mainly deals with Family Law to help with a Criminal Damage compensation claim. Knowing that you have an expert if the field of your particular dispute increases your chances of success greatly.

References - what kind of track record does your lawyer have? Once again, although it may seem fairly obvious, a lawyer that has experienced success in the field of your particular dispute will probably bring the same success to you. Ask for any references or testimonials from previous clients - if successful, the lawyer will not be reticent to share the details.

Qualifications - although every lawyer has to study long and hard before he or she can become qualified, there are some law schools and courses that are better than others. Ask your lawyer where they graduated from, and compare their law school or course to others - you'd be surprised at how different success rates can vary depending on the lawyer's education and mentoring. Also, ask what certifications your potential lawyer has possibly achieved since graduating.

Fees - with the cost of hiring a good lawyer often fairly expensive, it's wise to confirm beforehand how you will be charged for your lawyer's services. There are many ways this can be done, but the two most popular are hourly rates and daily flat rates. This can make a huge difference to the cost of your case - with even the lowest of rates at lesser-known firms beginning at $75 per hour, you can see how expensive it may get.

Confidence - although it's unlikely that any lawyer will ever win 100% of their cases, a good lawyer will always show confidence in both their skills and your case. If you discuss your case and your lawyer advises to 'wait and see' what your opponent does first, this isn't the sign of a good, pro-active lawyer who will do everything that needs to be done for you. If they come up with a plan that instills genuine confidence, this is half the battle won.

Although the very fact you need the services of a lawyer in the first place usually spells bad news, as long as you make some inquiries into knowing whether you can get the best available for your needs and pocket, you should feel safer in the knowledge that at least you have a better chance of success than before.
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Article written on behalf of Bolinske & Bolinske Minneapolis lawyer firm.
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