Quick Tips For Hiring The Right Lawyer

There will be times that you will be facing challenges and during these times, you will be forced to legally defend yourself. So make sure when this happens, you have a competitive and professional lawyer who will defend you. The question is, how will you determine whether you are hiring the right lawyer or not?  Thanks to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) because it offers the following quick tips to help you hire the right lawyer.

  • Know whom you are dealing with. Lawyers have different areas of expertise so be sure that your attorney has a relevant experience and knowledge about your case. Ask family, friends, and other relatives or go check your state or local bar associations for lawyer recommendations.
  • Do your research. Interview multiple lawyers before hiring. Think of it as if you are hiring for your business and you are looking for the right employees. Be sure to ask if there are initial meeting fees (most of them don’t have). Talk to them about your problems in a brief and concise manner. Don’t forget to ask about their experience, fees, your options, what are the odds, limitations of work, and when the problem might be resolved.

  • Understand what you’ve both agreed to. Be sure that you know how often will you be updated, what are the fees for specific services, how often will you be billed, what information should you provide, what your options are, and the total cost for the entire legal service. Be sure that this agreement will be written and recorded to use as future reference.  If there’s something that’s not clear for you, clarify it to your lawyer and be sure that you are comfortable with your lawyer’s approach towards your case.
  • Understand the fees and payment arrangements. Be sure to know if you will be responsible for other fees such as copying of documents, courier services, court filing fees, and/or research services. Your lawyer should explain their fees and know if he or she is charging you reasonably. It is recommended to put this into writing. And here are the payment arrangement:
    • Contingency fees– it is an arrangement where your lawyer gets a percentage of whatever money you receive as a resolution for your case.
    • Flat fee– this is an arrangement where you pay your lawyer for a particular service
    • Hourly rates– this is an arrangement where your final cost will depend on how long it takes to complete the work. Expert and experienced lawyers have higher hourly rate since they can finish tasks more quickly.
    • Retainer– this is an arrangement where you pay your lawyer up front. This fee is usually spent as a down payment on expenses.
    • Public Legal Service– this is an arrangement where you qualify for free or low-cost legal service through special organizations.
    • Prepaid Legal Plans– this is an arrangement like an insurance policy. You will pay a monthly fee so when you need legal services in the future, it will be your insurance company’s responsibility to provide you with it.

Article with thanks to Dean Hines – Columbus Ohio Tax Attorney