Doug / 05-22-2013 / WKN News

Choosing the Right Attorney for You, What to Look For

It is not so much finding an attorney as it is finding the right attorney.

Whenever seeking any legal recourse or legal advice, it is important to consult an attorney. It is not enough to look up on the internet or ask someone if they know of an attorney, some research must be done.

When looking for an attorney, there are many factors that one should consider. There are the more obvious ones, like experience, and credentials, but that, unfortunately will not always get you the right attorney.

The first thing to consider is what type of case you might be dealing with. There are different areas of law, and different types of attorneys. There are attorneys that deal specifically with just contracts, others deal with personal injury. It is important to understand what you have before you so you make a better choice as to what attorney is right for you. This is a vital point, because though you may have attorney in mind that is willing to take on a case, you have to ask yourself how much experience and knowledge they have in this right field of law.

There are also issues like personalities, gender, and location that can influence the relationship you may have with an attorney. And that is key—creating a relationship with your attorney; a relationship that is comfortable, compatible, and worth your time and money.

A client should have a healthy relationship with their attorney. If the relationship is poor, the communication will falter between the client and the attorney.  Without good communication, misinterpretations will undoubtedly arise, and from misinterpretations there will be disappointment. In other words, you might not end up with the settlement that you were expecting, or deserved, or you might end up having to pay a higher tax rate. A client must be very comfortable to address these concerns to their attorney, without any sense of embarrassment or timidity.

One should conduct a holistic approach in looking for an attorney, because not all attorneys are the same.  You should find one that fits your needs, your schedule, and you yourself.

Personal referrals are greatest way to become aware of an attorney. In that, the person who referred you is able to give you a first hand account of the attorney that she was working with. And that is something that no advertisement can explain to you. By personal referrals you can get a glimpse at what it is like to work a particular attorney of firm, and especially how efficiently and prudently her case was resolved.

But at the end of the day, a person must be willing to conduct their own research and make a wise decision.  In the end, it’s not about just finding an attorney, but finding the right attorney for you.

Disclaimer: All verdicts and settlements listed here are gross amounts before deductions for attorney fees and costs. Past results do not guarantee similar results in the future. Most cases result in a lower recovery. It should not be assumed that your case will have as beneficial a result. Before choosing a lawyer, ask for written information about the lawyer's legal qualifications and experience.