Whether you are facing criminal charges, looking for a personal injury claim, or have a family dispute that needs attention, there is a good chance that you are going to need an attorney to help you. More often than not, you’re likely going to feel like you have too many choices, and narrowing them down is integral albeit hard to do. So what are the questions that you should have in mind when you’re meeting with prospective attorneys?
Regardless of what type of lawyer they are, the most important thing you should know before choosing your representation is what their level of experience is. Would you want to hire a fresh out of college attorney? How about an experienced criminal defense attorney, but for a family law case? Chances are that you won’t want either of these, but that’s not to say they couldn’t be effective. You need to find someone who has built up a portfolio of cases similar to yours, or in the same field as yours. If they have defended or represented multiple clients from various walks of life, typically that means that they can bring different viewpoints and advantages to your case. They have seen the ins and outs of the court system, and therefore they know the best course of action for you.
Once you’ve found an attorney who has the experience you value, you need to find one that will work with you every step of the way. Getting handed off to an unqualified representative is frowned upon in any industry, but if you’re looking to deal with a certain person and never speak to them outside of your court date, then can you truly feel represented? You need to be able to feel like your opinion and your word matters. If an attorney is willing to sit with you in consultation all the way through your case, then you’ve found representation that is right for you.
As with anything, these are merely suggestions that should be taken into account before making your decision. Perhaps you don’t care about their experience, or you don’t care that they can’t spare the time to sit with you. Whatever your decision making choices are, you should have them firmly in mind before you sit with them in consultation. Don’t make the decision lightly and then regret it later; this is your future at stake.