Most people out there are not interested in law. That doesn’t change the fact that law is very interested in all of us. And while dealing with local and national jurisdiction is not something any of us wishes for, very few of us manage to avoid this experience altogether throughout or lives.
Keeping all this in mind, the best thing we can do when we are called to present our case in front of the court is to hire an experienced lawyer that will be able to help us navigate these tricky waters and come out satisfied. Let us take a look at a couple of tips that will help us find one.
Rely on personal impression
Although your personal impression is not something that speaks much about the expertise of your future lawyer, it does serves as a good indicator of two things. First, if the person in front of you, managed to sway you, chances are he or she will be able to appear just as appealing to the jury as well. Second, a successful case requires good communication between the client and their lawyer. This mutual trust can’t be established if you don’t feel comfortable in the presence of your counselor.
Do the homework
If we take a look at some of the developed countries like Australia, we can see that clients usually do very thorough research on their future lawyers before even scheduling an interview. This practice should, by all means, be emulated. Some of the issues you should take into account:
- The lawyer’s previous experience in the specific legal area of interest
- Track record of success
- Special skills and certifications
- How long the lawyer has been in practice
- References from friends, relatives, and previous clients
- The experience of other staff working on your case
Of course, you should also take into account peer recommendations and referrals. Professionals within the industry won’t be willing to gamble their good reputation by pointing you to unqualified rookies.
Good lawyers have always been in high demand. That means that even if you manage to put together a list of your ideal representatives, chances are they won’t be available at the time when you need to present the case. If we take Australia as an example again, we can see that some of the most experienced Sydney criminal lawyers have a pretty long waiting list. So, do your best to check the availability of your preferred counselor and, if possible, pay a deposit as early as possible.
Consider personal finances
Legal representation should, above all, be a service you can afford – especially if you are not setting off into some drawn-out case that can have strong implications for your life. So, during the initial interview with your future counselor, do your best to find out the estimated cost of the service and see if you can negotiate some contingency fee arrangement. Also, research if your attorney carries malpractice insurance that can ramp up your overall costs.
The size of the company
Both small and large legal firms have their own advantages. In the case of smaller companies, you will get a more focused, careful, and personalized approach that usually suits smaller cases, family law, etc. This personal touch can be absent if your lawyer is juggling several cases at once. On the other hand, large, reputable firms definitely carry a lot of clout and have more resources to engage in extended legal battles backed up by thorough research. It really depends on the type of your case.
We hope these few tips will help you get some general idea on how to pick the legal representative that will best suit your needs. The legal world is a fact of life. Whether we like it or not, at some point, we all have to deal with it. Even if we don’t get to choose which legal battles we are going to fight, we can, at least, make sure we have the best representative on our side.