Fact: Finding a good lawyer to represent you is not just about picking someone who clicks with you personally, but considering their suitability for the type of case you’re facing.
For the average person, knowing how to manage this process is difficult, so here are some tips to help make your choice less of a challenge.
Know the nature of the legal issue you’re up against
It should go without saying, but if you aren’t clear on the exact type of charge you’re facing, or indeed the nature of the case you want to bring against a third party, you won’t have an easy time finding a suitable lawyer.
Remember that it’s reasonable to speak to more than one legal expert before you make a commitment, just as you’d compare energy plans rather than choosing the first package on offer.
This is a good way to get initial advice as well as recommendations. If a lawyer doesn’t think they’re equipped to meet your needs, they’ll usually pass you on to someone who’s a better fit for the task at hand.
Look in detail at the experience of the whole legal team (not just the founding attorney)
Lawyers rarely work alone, and usually rely on teams of other specialists to help them get a desirable outcome for their clients.
Because of this, it’s sensible to delve into the backgrounds, experience levels and abilities of all those involved so that you are up to speed with what to expect.
It helps to work with firms that boast a good track record; for example, the legal team at Chikin, Sherman, Cammaratra & Seigel P.C. in Washington DC have half a century of results and recognition to call upon, and half a billion dollars recovered for clients in their history.
Don’t just look to the largest firms.
Just because a legal firm is big and well-established, that doesn’t mean it will be able to represent you any better than a smaller and more specialized equivalent.
In fact, you might find that more compact firms are adept at handling the specifics of your type of legal case, because they are geared up for the unique legal conundrums you face. You’ll also get a better, more hands-on level of service, rather than feeling like a small fish in a big pond with a larger firm.
Another point to weigh up is how easy it is to get in touch with the attorney that’s handling your case, which feeds into the idea of choosing smaller and more focused firms over corporate behemoths.
Being able to contact and communicate clearly with your legal representative whenever you need their support, not just during office hours, will give you peace of mind.
It’s also worth working with a team that can explain everything to you without getting bogged down in legal mumbo jumbo. The law is a complicated beast, and a lawyer with good interpersonal skills will be able to communicate everything without tying you up in knots with shop talk.
Steer clear of claims of a speedy resolution
Lawyers that make promises of having cases wrapped up quickly aren’t necessarily going to deliver the best possible results because it’s often better to take things at a slower pace and ensure that every avenue and opportunity can be explored rigorously rather than rushing.
In short, trust your instincts and also look for empirical evidence of the quality that a law firm brings to the table, as well as the expertise they offer for your type of legal case before you choose. With so much at stake, you have to be discerning here.