Finding an attorney to take care of your legal matters can be a daunting task. Mostly, at the times when we are so much in need of an attorney we are less likely to be in a frame of mind to search for one. So how will you be able to comb through the mix of names set and recommendations before you when you are required to so and you must make a decision about legal representation. Below are some factors that you should consider when choosing an attorney that will best represent you:
You should ensure that you carry out a thorough research about the attorney you are considering. Is he or she in good standing before the state bar of whichever state that you will be represented in? Has he or she been reprimanded or sanctioned for ethical or other violations? This information can be acquired easily because it is available on your state’s board of professional responsibility or state bar association website. Just googling the person will reveal a lot that you should know.
Ensure that you speak with former and also current clients of the prospective lawyer to ascertain whether they have a good experience with the attorney you are considering. Is the attorney a person they would hire again? Did they feel that the fees that they paid was worth the services they received? Was the outcome favorable?
One of the most important factor that you ought to consider is the cost of the attorney’s services. Attorney’s fees can be costly and it can add up fast in long and complex legal matters. Depending on your kind of legal matter, a lawyer may charge a flat fee, a retainer fee that is given up front from which future costs are catered for, an hourly fee, or a contingency fee which is acquired when the lawyer is given a percentage of what is recovered from your case. When it comes to a contingency fee, if it happens that you do not recover anything, the lawyer does not get a fee.
If you are looking for an attorney for any legal matter that involves a court proceeding, then there is usually the possibility of an appeal. Find out if there is a likelihood of an appeal in your particular matter. Inquire if the attorney you are considering handles appeals because not all attorneys do. If he/she happens to do so, ask about the different costs that are associated with an appeal. It is also advisable to ask about the timeline of the appeal. It is better to have the same person handling the case from the beginning to the end than have a new attorney take over in the process.