3 Tips for Choosing the Right Lawyer
If you’ve found yourself in a situation which requires you to find a lawyer for legal representation, it’s probably safe to say that you want to make sure you choose the right one. This can be an overwhelming and challenging task when the internet yields hundreds of search results for your local area. So, how can you be sure the attorney you hire is the best one for you? It probably won’t surprise you to learn that choosing the right lawyer isn’t just a matter of luck.
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Determine Your Specific Need
The first step to choosing the right lawyer for your circumstance is to identify what your needs are. Many attorneys specialize in one area over another, and not all lawyers are equally qualified to handle every legal matter. For example, if you are going through a divorce, the chances are that a DUI or traffic offense attorney is your best choice for representation. Likewise, if you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, the family law attorney down the street may not have the best skill set to represent you.
Don’t Choose Solely on Referral
In the course of talking with family and friends about your situation, invariably, one or many of them will give you the name of an attorney who has assisted them with a legal matter in the past. The relationship you form with a lawyer should be one predicated on his or her legal experience and ability to best represent you versus how well they represented another party. After all, your legal situation and representation needs may be different from the person who provided the referral.
Interview the Attorney
This might be one of the most important steps in finding the right lawyer for your unique circumstances, and by visiting the attorney’s office, speaking with his or her staff, and asking the right questions, you’ll often know if you’ve found a good match. Be sure to ask questions related to experience, cost, ethics, and methodology to get a well-rounded impression of any potential attorneys you interview. It is most beneficial to complete your interview in person, but if necessary, this can also occur by a phone call or email to the attorney.
Chris Hildebrand wrote this article to ensure everyone has access to information about family law in Arizona. Chris is a divorce and family law attorney at Hildebrand Law, PC. He has over 24 years of Arizona family law experience and has received multiple awards, including US News and World Report “Top Arizona Divorce Attorneys”, Phoenix Magazine “Top Divorce Law Firms”, and Arizona Foothills Magazine “Best of the Valley” award. He believes the policies and procedures he uses to get his clients through a divorce should all be guided by the principles of honesty, integrity, and, quite frankly, actually caring about what his clients are going through in a divorce or family law case. In short, his practice is defined by the success of his clients. He also manages all of the other attorneys at his firm to make sure the outcomes in their clients’ cases are successful as well.
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