At some point in time in life, you’re going to need some form of legal advice. It might be for starting a business, writing your will, suing someone for a car accident, or maybe, unfortunately, you are involved in a criminal case. It can be an overwhelming task to find the right legal advice for a case because while you might find general suggestions, the advice might not be tailored to the peculiarities of your case. This is especially the case, if it’s your first time looking for legal advice.
So, throw out all the knowledge you got from watching Harvey Specter on Suits and get a real lawyer. This might also be challenging, but here is a simple guide to help you choose the right lawyer for your case and help you win that settlement.
Set The Search Parameters
A person needs to find a lawyer that practices in the field and industry and also functions of the law that are required for a particular case. Depending on the nature of a case, some legal matters can last for years and you must choose a lawyer you trust is capable of handling long-term cases. You should also consider the cost of the lawyer and if it fits your budget. Once you have determined your parameters, it will help you narrow down your search to lawyers important to your case.
Leverage Your Network
Ask your friends, family members, or colleagues who have had legal issues before about the lawyers they used. A lot of times, these recommendations save you the stress of meeting people way out of your needs. It can also help you save money as these referrals might even come with discounts.
Ask The Necessary Questions
In your search for a lawyer, you will encounter a wide variety of characters and you must have the right questions so you can whittle the list down to the perfect lawyer for you. Don’t ask what is going to happen with your case, any lawyer that answers that is just giving you the best-case scenario. Instead, ask questions that will prompt him/her to outline a plan that would give you the best result and a backup plan if the main one falls through.
Also, don’t ask the lawyer for their win/ loss records on your type of case. The chances are they’ve not done enough of your type of cases and you don’t want an inexperienced lawyer working for you. Instead, ask questions that will prompt the lawyer to explain in detail what a win and loss scenario would be in your case.
This will help you to manage your expectations and be better prepared for the possible outcome of your case. The good news is that the lawyers at Craig, Kelley & Faultless can easily answer these questions and help you analyse your case to find the best angle to ensure you win. This step is also important in finding a lawyer you’re comfortable communicating with because you don’t want to be stuck with someone you don’t like talking to or one that isn’t great at communicating.
Do Thorough Research On The Lawyers On Your List
You mustn’t get stuck with a shady lawyer, so do your research. Some of the best places to start your research are their websites and local bar associations. A good lawyer will always keep an updated website with frequently asked questions. Also, find news articles about them to get a sense of their track record, and if they’ve been part of any incriminating business. Also, check their social media, this will help you get a sense of their personality and how you’ll be able to work with them. The last thing you need is a lawyer you can’t work with.
Don’t Be Scared To Let Go Of A Lawyer That Isn’t The Right Fit For Your Case
After choosing a lawyer, you might discover that they aren’t the right fit for your case or that they are making mistakes while handling your case. In such instances, don’t hesitate to let go of them. Here are a few red flags that will indicate that a lawyer isn’t the best fit for your case: missing court dates, refusing to update you on the status of your case, refusing to answer your calls or reply to your emails, not being honest about the facts of your case, and a host of other shady habits.
No doubt, finding the right legal advice for your case isn’t as easy as taking a walk in the park. But these tips should help you figure out the entire process. With the right lawyer, you’ll find that winning your case or settlement may not be as challenging as you imagined.