We bet that you’ve heard this term before: “Not all things are created equal”. That stands for a lot of things; places to eat, homes that are on the market, and yes, even lawyers! But how do you find a lawyer that you feel will help resolve your case? You can’t just look at Google and point to a name and say “They’re my lawyer!” You need to be careful about choosing your lawyer and making sure that they are the right fit for you, your family and your situation. Here are a few easy steps for you to make sure that you find the lawyer you need for your upcoming case:
Get Referrals – Both In Person and Online
Do you have a family member or friend who was satisfied with a lawyer that they had used in the past? Talk to them about their experience and what they did – and didn’t – like about the lawyer or the firm that they used. It also helps if that person used a lawyer in a case similar to yours, such as if they were creating an estate plan or filing for divorce. Personal references will help you see the ins and outs of what to expect. If you don’t know of anyone to talk to about their experience or you want more information, there are websites that offer testimonials and information about lawyers in your area, such as Martindale-Hubbell and Avvo.
Make Sure They Offer Legal Services You Need
If you are about to go into court to fight for custody of a child, it wouldn’t make sense to retain a lawyer who only works on estate planning or business law. Study their website and their reviews online to see if the services offered are listed. If you are in contact with a firm that doesn’t offer the service that you need or doesn’t practice in the county or state where you are, don’t be afraid to ask them for a referral at another firm. Lawyers are generally willing to send people in need of legal services to another firm that could help.
Know What Questions to Ask
Once you find firms that offer the service you’re looking for, it’s time to start narrowing in on which firm or lawyer you’d like to use. The best way to find out which ones you will be compatible with is to schedule a consultation so they can learn about you and your case, and you can learn about them and their firm. Make a list of questions you’d like to be answered before you go into the consultation. Some questions to ask your potential lawyer should include, but should not be limited to:
- How long have you been practicing law?
- What experience do you have for this specific service?
- What are the fees for services, and what additional costs might be added later?
- Do you have references from other clients that I could see?
Once the consultation is complete, you then get to decide whether or not the firm or the specific lawyer is the right fit for you. You’ll be able to learn a lot depending on the answers you are given, and not just about their expertise as a lawyer. You will also find out if you feel comfortable working with them on your case.
At Fankhauser Rachel, PLC, we are real people who offer our clients real solutions when they are facing struggles and obstacles. To schedule your consultation with us to see if we would be a good fit for you, your family and your case, please contact us today.