A Detailed Guide to Finding and Selecting the Right Law Firm
Legal services are more or less like any other product; as a wise consumer, you must conduct thorough research before you settle for any particular law firm. It is advisable you familiarize yourself with the scope of law within which your legal needs fall under to ensure you focus your search of legal services in that area. Get at least five referrals and contacts of potential law firms within that specific area of study so you can channel your efforts on finding the best candidate out of your shortlist. Here is a step by step guide to help you narrow down your choice and end up with the best candidate for the job.
The only sure way you can assess the legal ability of an attorney is by interviewing them, right? Luckily, most law firms across many States will be more than willing to have a free initial consultation in their offices. The following are some of the questions you should be seeking to get answers for from the lawyer during your initial consultation interview. How long have they been practicing law in their specific area of specialization? What is your track record of success and what percentage of the cases you handle fall within the specific area of interest that I am looking at? Will there be anyone else handling my case and also do you normally outsource key legal tasks to other law firms? What are their legal fees like and how are they structured and are there additional costs that may come up such as copy fees, filing fees, etc.? While at it, be sure to take a tour of the law firm beyond the conference room or office where you met. Is the office neat, organized, does it look well-run and efficient? Pay close attention to many empty offices and spaces within the premises, mass disarray, unfriendly staff members and unreturned phone calls.
Be advised a lawyer quoting a very high fee doesn’t mean they are more experienced and qualified. Them quoting a significantly low fee below the average rates could be a sign of inexperience or incompetence. You can then review your list further to the top three whose first point of contact was impressive. The next step would be to dig deeper and further on your shortlist, and this is where you ask other lawyers. Other lawyers can give you vital information about a lawyer’s competence level, ethics, practice habits, demeanor, and reputation.