Picking a lawyer can be a stressful experience. Odds are, if you are looking for legal services, you’re probably already in a stressful situation. One quick Google search, and your results are flooded with attorneys looking to get your business. How do you know which attorney to pick when each law firm’s website is plastered with different awards and recognitions?
Look at Their Reputation
The first thing to do is to ask around. Sometimes word of mouth is the best way to truly know the type of representation you will be receiving. Don’t be afraid to ask an attorney you’re friends with if they know anyone in that field — odds are, they will. Look at Google reviews as well. Reviews from people who have been previous clients can be the best indicator of the quality of legal service you will receive.
Dive Deep into Their Awards
Not all awards are created equal. It is important when you’re looking to retain an attorney that you don’t get star struck with all the awards they may have on their website. While some awards come from distinguished institutions and are based on merit, others can simply be bought. There are companies that exist where their whole purpose is to sell these “awards” as marketing items for law firms.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Remember, at the end of the day you’ll be the client and the law firm is looking to earn your business. Ask the firm what their expectations are for your case. How far is that firm willing to go? Will they only work your case pre-suit, or will they go all the way to trial? These are important questions you need to ask. This question is especially important in the personal injury field. Some firms will only negotiate pre-suit, and will not take cases to trial. An experienced lawyer, can make the difference in taking your case all the way to trial.
Finally, ask yourself: do I know the attorney working my case? Are you constantly stuck behind a wall of staff, or do you actually get to speak to your attorney? Concerns will come up during litigation, and it is important that you know early on you can communicate with your attorney if need be. There is more to consider when trying to find an attorney, but the most important point is to never be afraid to ask any questions you have. You are the best judge on whether or not you’ll want that attorney client relationship.