Serving MD, DC, & VA

1997 Annapolis Exchange Parkway Suite 300
Annapolis, MD 21401

7 Helpful Tips On Evaluating A Lawyer


You’ve already thought and meditated about it carefully. You have finally decided that you can’t deal with your legal problem alone, and you need a lawyer by your side.

Moreover, you just don’t pick someone randomly. Ask yourself what you want your lawyer to be. What characteristics a lawyer should have legally and socially.

Get the most out of it. Choose the best lawyer whom you can rely on and truly understands your legal needs.

Here are some important tips to help you assess the prospect lawyers in your list:

  1. Practices in your jurisdiction.

    Each lawyer has their own state or area where they are licensed to practice their profession. This is an advantage for you in a sense that such a lawyer has a deep grasp of that certain court’s flow and methods.

  2. Area of practice.

    If you find a lawyer, ask their expertise or what area of law they practice in. A lawyer who specializes in bankruptcy is definitely not the best option to handle your divorce case. You can also consider someone who has mostly handled cases like yours in the past. The experience is still an important factor, indeed.

  3. Fees and charges.

    Find a lawyer who matches your budget. In fact, it does not always mean that the higher the fees are, the better the lawyer is. Yes, you can hire the best and the right lawyer who does not charge much. Ask around–your friends, family, colleagues, if they can a lawyer. If not, find different sources online who give lawyer referrals.

  4. Be careful with advertisements.

    Well, there’s nothing wrong with traditional and digital advertisements. Just make sure to double check the legality of it. Yet, if you decide to call that certain lawyer whom you saw or know of from an advertisement, dig deeper into the experiences, credentials, and reputation.

  5. Collect and select.

    Meet with several lawyers, conduct an interview and then compare one from the other. This way, you can go down to a lawyer who best fits your qualifications and whom you think you can work with comfortably.

  6. Keeps you on the track.

    If during the initial consultation, a lawyer does not make everything clear to you, it’s not a good start. A good lawyer should explain in details the legal options and the consequences regarding their client’s case in a manner an average person can comprehend. Also, should address your concerns and clearly answer all your questions. Especially with the fees, you should understand what you are paying for.

  7. Standing in your local or state bar association.

    Ask a local and state bar about the record of a certain lawyer, if he/she has no records of unethical actions and misconduct. You can’t immediately hire someone who has a questionable reputation–and a professional person in that case.

Overcome your legal problem with the right people. Avoid the hassle of carrying all the burden alone when you can hire a lawyer to manage everything for you. Also, whose main duty is to defend your side.

 

Read more

Talking To A Lawyer: Your To-do-list

Lawyer: Who Is Your Best Match?