So, you’re looking to hire a lawyer but don’t know where to start? This blog will give you a good solid foundation on how to do so.
Referrals and Word of Mouth
Word of mouth and referrals from relatives, business associates, acquaintances, neighbors, and friends, and word of mouth are some of the best ways to find a dependable lawyer. Seeking a referral from people you know is the best approach since they have no vested interest whatsoever in recommending a particular legal representative. Furthermore, they can communicate the positives and negatives they encountered while dealing with the law firm or lawyer they are suggesting.
While it’s tempting to hire a relative or friend as your lawyer, it is not recommended. Lawyers from SSQ Legal say that if the relative or friend majors in an area of law that is outside your needs, they might not be competent enough to adequately represent you.
Local Bar Associations
Local bar associations are an excellent resource for finding lawyers within your locality. Most city and county bar associations do provide the public with lawyer referral services, but they don’t necessarily screen them for qualifications. The American Bar Association (ABA) also maintains a database that offers people seeking legal help assistance.
Lawyers will often recommend lawyers within their community that can provide the legal assistance you need if it is out of their jurisdiction. Legal circles are typically close-knit, and most attorneys know several lawyers that specialize in the area of practice you are seeking legal advice for. Furthermore, they are aware of other attorney’s reputations in specific fields of practice. However, it is worth noting that lawyers will often be paid a referral fee when they refer a case to fellow attorneys. As such, this might influence their decision when recommending a lawyer for a particular reason. For example, the sort of lawyer that deals with DUIs and related issues with mugshots will be very different to the sort dealing with financial issues or even conveyancing for a home.
There are several for-profit legal directories on the internet offering search engines that you can use to find an attorney. Some of these sites include attorney.locate.com, legalmatch.com, lawyers.com, attorneypages.com, and attorneyfind.com.
Legal Aid Services
If you need legal services but can’t afford a lawyer, consider getting in touch with your local legal aid office. Legal aid offices are organizations that provide pro bono or free legal assistance to individuals with low-incomes in non-criminal matters. Search “Legal aid in *state or county*” in Google or any other search engine or check your telephone directory’s white pages to find legal aid services near you.