How to find a dependable Attorney
byon 04-23-2012 at 08:29 AM (270 Views)
Locating a great legal professional can be difficult, here are some ideas from your Albuquerque bankruptcy attorney. There are a lot of lawyers and law firms out there, however locating the one that is right for you and your specific legal requirements is often a challenge. Advertising you may have noticed in the yellow pages, on TV, or along the freeway are not really going to offer you with sufficient information to make an good decision. Don't try to rely on those sources alone.
One starting point is with your employer. Ask if your workplace offers reduced cost legal service through a specialized benefit program. For comparatively basic legal issues, like drafting basic papers like a simple will, this can be an especially cost inexpensive approach. If your legal predicament is more complicated your employer-based program ought to be equipped to instruct you concerning what your next steps should be. For example, some programs will provide a free 30-min legal consultation, you can use that time to figure out if bankruptcy would make sense or to ascertain if you might have a valid legal claim to initiate court action before hiring a more expensive attorney. You may also obtain free legal information and learn about pro bono legal aid providers.
You could also start your search by asking your friends, family, or colleagues if they know any attorneys. By way of example, maybe your supervisor or a coworker knows an attorney that practices corporate and business law. This may not be the field you desire legal assistance in, but talking to this attorney could nevertheless be helpful because he will more than likely know somebody who practices in the legal area you need, and he will probably also know the quality of other local lawyers. Much the same could be said for CPAs and financial advisers. After all, much of their professional success is dependent on strengthening these relationships since a great deal of their business originates from referrals; As a DWI attorney I've encountered this first hand.
You ought not choose a lawyer just because of someone's recommendation, though. You will need to make sure you find somebody you will be satisfied dealing with and that is a good fit for you and your legal situation, so you will have to meet with potential attorneys prior to deciding upon who to hire. The referral process can sometimes take some time. You don't just want to track down a good attorney, you want to find a good lawyer that practices in the field you require assistance in.
You will want to arrange to meet with potential attorneys directly once you obtain a list based on the recommendations you were given. A consultation, often free or provided at a reduced rate, is one of the most important steps in the process of selecting a lawyer to represent you. It should help you to assess if you have located a lawyer who can represent your interests effectively. Needless to say, it is important to come ready to discuss your case. After you've met with a a couple of attorneys you will have the information necessary to make an informed judgement regarding which one you think will fit you and your case best. If you plan to represent yourself in the courtroom and you are only seeking a lawyer to function in an advisory role verify that you let them know during your first meeting. Some might not be comfortable with this arrangement. If all you need is an lawyer to look over business paperwork or contracts that you intend to draft yourself make sure that they will be comfortable with that arrangement.