There are numerous reasons why you may need a lawyer - from civil reasons for setting up a business, or even a real estate transaction. For whatever reason you may need a lawyer, you want to make sure you get one you can trust. The process may seem time-consuming but like any consumer transaction, it is highly recommended that you do extensive research before you settle on a lawyer.
Your research should always start with finding law firms that offer the legal service you need. While many lawyers provide numerous services, you should not assume that all lawyers will provide every legal service out there. For example, a family law practitioner may not be well-versed in business acquisition. Therefore, you need to start your search by picking out a few firms that offer the exact service you need.
Once you have a list of a select few, the real research begins. Now, this part can be tricky because you will need to eventually consult the lawyer to get an understanding if they are right for your needs. Most lawyers, do have a fee with that so before you get to that step, there are a few things you can do to further narrow down your list. This way you aren’t spending too much on consulting fees with lawyers you will not be opting for.
With the list you have, you need to first determine which law firms have experience working with individuals like yourself. For example, let’s say you are starting a business and need assistance with that. You will come across tons of law firms promising you the services you need. While that is a start, you want to go with a firm that understands the industry you are going into, has experience with providing legal advice within it. This way you can be certain that they will provide you with all the necessary legal services that you need. The advice they give will be more valuable than going to just any attorney that provides business services.
Unless you have a booming business or need extensive legal advice, you are probably better off going for a smaller firm. Don’t get us wrong, large firms tend to have experience and more than enough resources to help you out, but they tend to be more expensive. There is no point in paying extra and getting almost the same service that an experienced smaller firm would provide. There is also the case of large firms giving more priority to bigger clients because they understand that is where the money is.
Keep in mind the level of legal service you need and pick the right size of the firm accordingly. Larger firms have more resources so they can help with complex cases. But don’t rule smaller firms with experience out.
Now, you’ve probably heard that it makes life easier when you go with a lawyer that is in the same city as you. If you have a case that requires you go to court and constantly meet your lawyer, that is true. Otherwise, the lawyer you opt for doesn’t necessarily have to be in the same city as you. If you just need someone to look over documents, a lawyer can do that remotely. In fact, for most legal services lawyers can work remotely and communicate through phone and email. Therefore, if you can’t find someone you are comfortable within your city, don’t hesitate to go for a firm based outside of it.
The fee is important but should be the last thing you want to consider. Unless you find that one lawyer is charging you a whole lot more, there won’t be too huge of a difference in cost between most. Which is why the fee shouldn’t be on top of your evaluation list. You should give more preference to their experience and expertise over the fee. Just make sure you understand their fee structure before you settle on the firm.
Picking the right lawyer for your legal needs is important to ensure you get the services you require. The process is time-consuming but it is vital to ensure you get the proper services in the manner you need.