Choosing the right attorney (in no particular order)
Hiring an attorney can be an intimidating experience, but it doesn’t need to be. There are many good attorneys out there and one that is right for you. Here are six tips to consider when choosing an attorney.
Tip One - Be wary of the lawyer of who thinks they know something about everything.
Knowledge – The lawyer should have a working knowledge of the subject matter you are seeking advice about.
Tip Two - Establish a relationship with someone who gives practical advice that you can use.
Character – You should be at ease with the attorney and staff. Issues should be dealt with in a straightforward manner. Do not stay with an attorney you don’t trust.
Tip Three - Money is always a consideration when hiring an attorney.
Cost - Expect that there will be some costs involved and plan for it. Ask up front what the estimated costs are and see if the attorney will work with you in setting up a payment structure.
Tip Four - Speak to more than one attorney before you sign a contract.
Interview before Hiring – Ask for a brief bio and see how much experience this person has in the area you need them for. It is okay to speak to someone and not hire them. Get a feel for their personality and determine whether it matches well with your own.
Tip Five - A lawyer should tell you what is true, not what you want to hear.
Honesty – A lawyer is hired to represent you as an unbiased, unemotional third-party. A legal assessment is what you are seeking. You may not want to hear the truth, but you probably want to hear the advice.
Tip Six - You should be treated with courtesy and kindness.
Kindness – A conversation with the lawyer or staff should leave you feeling better knowing that someone is on your side and working to get things done.
Quote “The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others.”