Finding and hiring an experienced attorney that specializes in the particular field of law that you need is sometimes a very difficult task to accomplish. However, luckily, in Arizona there are a number of resources that you can use to make finding and hiring an attorney much easier. One such resource that is available for people residing in the state of Arizona is to use the State Bar of Arizona’s website.
The State Bar of Arizona offers an online attorney referral service that people in Arizona may use. This can be used to find experienced attorneys in the area that specialize in the field of law needed for a particular legal issue.
There are different ways in which the State Bar of Arizona allows people to search for an attorney that will meet their needs, including:
- Submitting Their Legal Needs: The State Bar of Arizona’s website allows you search for an attorney in just “3 free, easy steps.” The steps are as follows:
- First, submit your legal needs by posting anonymously through the State Bar website;
- Second, you will be contacted via email from State licensed attorneys who have experience in handling your legal issue and are interested in contacting you; and
- Finally, you review the emails that the attorneys send you, meet with an attorney of your choosing, and if you like the attorney you may hire them;
- Searching by Practice Area: Alternatively, if you do not want to post your legal issue online, you may search for an attorney through the State Bar of Arizona’s website by searching for the practice area that you need. Practice areas include: Family law, Business law, Contract law, Criminal law, Insurance law, Labor & Employment law, Real Estate law, Tax law, or Personal Injury; or
- Searching by City: Finally, you may search for an attorney by selecting which city in Arizona you reside in to find attorneys in your particular area. The State Bar of Arizona will provide you with the contact information for attorneys in your city and then you reach out to the attorneys, and hire them if they can meet your particular legal needs.
All of the lawyer referrals provided by the Arizona Bar include basic information and contact information about the attorneys. This includes information such as their education, date admitted to the Bar, and any disciplinary action taken against the lawyer. Further, many of the referrals have an extended profile, which includes a short biography, work history, and photos of the lawyer.
Finally, in addition to the Arizona Bar’s service, 2 county bar associations offer their own lawyer referral services. Both Maricopa County (which includes Phoenix) and Pima County (which includes Tucson) maintain their own attorney referral services. These services are generally reached via telephone.
Similar to the State Bar website, the services are free to use, and the fee for your first visit with your lawyer is only $35. For more information on these county specific referral services you may follow these links for online information about finding a lawyer in Maricopa County or the greater Phoenix area: Lawyer Referral Services in Maricopa County and Lawyer Referral Services in Pima County. Additionally, LegalMatch also provides attorney referral services.
Yes, you can assist in hiring an attorney for a family member. Assistance with attorney fee payments by friends or a family member is a common occurrence in the areas of criminal, juvenile, and family law. Typically, clients seek out the help of family members because they have an immediate need for legal representation, but have no means or ability to pay for an attorney’s services.
When a family member does not qualify for legal aid representation or for a public defender, the financial assistance of a friend or relative may be the only alternative to “pro-se” or self-representation. However, hiring a lawyer for a family member requires an understanding of attorney client privilege, as well as what happens in cases where the family member disagrees during the case.
Depending on your particular legal issue, and the field of law involved, an attorney may choose to offer you a contingent fee arrangement, a flat fee arrangement, or an hourly fee arrangement.
In short, a contingency fee is a form of billing that is often used by some attorneys, where the attorneys agree to pay for the costs of a case in exchange for a fixed percentage (usually one third) of the total recovery of the case. This can beneficial because as a client, you are charged no upfront costs and do not pay anything unless the case is successful. Contingency fees are typically utilized in cases.
A flat fee arrangement is where you pay a flat rate for an attorney, generally up front, instead of paying for the attorneys time hourly or agreeing for an attorney to take their fee out of your total recovery. Typically, flat fees are offered for document preparation cases such as document review or creating a will or trust.
Lastly, an hourly fee arrangement is the most commonly utilized attorney fee arrangement, where typically the client pays an upfront retainer for the attorney’s services and the attorney bills against the retainer. Alternatively, an attorney may choose to bill for their hours as they accumulate. Hourly fees may differ for attorneys based on their experience in the field, the law firm they are associated with, or their notoriety.
As can be seen, there are numerous options in Arizona that assist people in finding and hiring an attorney. Further, there are numerous practicing attorneys in Arizona that specialize in numerous different fields of law that may be able to assist you with your particular legal issue. Finding and hiring an attorney in Arizona does not have to be a difficult matter and LegalMatch can help you.
Similar to the State Bar of Arizona Attorney Referral Service, LegalMatch is a free service that provides clients with a list of pre-screened local lawyers who specialize in the appropriate area of law. With LegalMatch, you can present your case to a local licensed and experienced Arizona attorney, and the attorney will evaluate your case and may respond with an offer of service.