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What to Look for in an Attorney

A lot of us have heard the same saying over and over: if you ever need to go to court, make sure you hire a good attorney. It seems like common sense, because it is. But, very few people know what to look for when searching for an attorney.

There are certain things you’ll want to look out for when choosing the attorney best suited for your needs.

Specialization

While many attorneys are skilled in a variety of practice areas, you’ll want to choose one who has experience representing clients in your particular situation. For example, if you’re facing a D.U.I. charge, you’ll want to reach out to a criminal defense attorney who has experience defending clients against D.U.I. charges in particular.

Experience will allow your attorney to best know how to handle your specific situation, and what argumentative tactics and strategies they should employ to help you reach the desired outcome in your case.

A great way to check out the experience an attorney has with a particular issue is to take a look at their website. Most attorneys will have a section on their website where they detail their practices areas to persuade potential clients into choosing them when picking out an attorney.

Cost

Let’s be real. Going to court takes up a lot of your time and energy and can have a huge impact on your mental health. The last thing you want to do is break the bank with attorney’s fees. Unfortunately, many have racked up extensive amounts of debt by seeking the best possible legal representation for their case.

Before officially hiring your attorney, make sure to inquire about their rates. Their rate will likely depend on the area of law they practice as well as the geographic location in which they practice. Don’t hesitate to mention finances with your attorney — it’s an important aspect of your life and is something you should definitely take into consideration.

The good news is that there are several non-profit organizations that help provide legal assistance to individuals needing an attorney in certain situations but cannot afford one. These non-profits often help individuals seeking immigration, domestic/sexual violence attorneys, and criminal defense attorneys.

Many attorneys are also required by their law firms to work a certain amount of hours pro bono (for free), so it is worth reaching out to a law firm you’re interested in and seeing if they can provide you with a pro bono attorney.

Chemistry

This may seem a little odd, but it is important to actually meet with any attorney you’re interested in to see if you click and get along with them. In many situations, you may be telling your attorney very private and sensitive information about your life, so you’ll want to make sure you feel comfortable around them. Some firms like Truslow & Truslow will allow you to discuss your case in a consultation in order to get a feel for the chemistry between you and your potential lawyer.

Don’t worry if the first attorney you reach out doesn’t feel right for you — you have the right to pick the attorney that is the best for you.