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How Do I Know What to Look For in an Attorney?

Knowing what to look for in an attorney can make a great difference in the type of legal services you receive. You should understand how to find an attorney, and what types of factors are important when selecting a lawyer. Some tips regarding what to look for in an attorney include:

  • Licensing: Your attorney should be currently holding a valid license under their state bar association. Some lawyers may be licensed for practice in multiple states
  • Specializations: Some lawyers specialize in very specific fields. Hiring a specialist may be necessary if you have certain legal questions or issues
  • Track record: You may want to investigate the lawyer’s history of performance in cases that are similar to yours
  • Fees: Attorneys may charge fees differently from one another. For instance, one lawyer might apply a flat rate, while another may use a contingency fee based on the amount of damages won

Lastly, you should consider your own situation and your legal needs when selecting a lawyer. For instance, if you’ve been in a car accident, you will want to select a personal injury lawyer who has experience in dealing specifically with automobile accidents.

What Should I Avoid When Looking for an Attorney?

When looking for an attorney, there are also some factors that you should avoid. These may include:

  • Violations: You don’t want to hire a lawyer who is currently on probation or has been suspended due to a professional responsibility or ethics violation.
  • Conflicts of Interest: Professional responsibility laws prohibit lawyers from taking on cases where they have a conflict of interest with their client.
  • Personal Involvement: Similarly, most state laws prohibit lawyers from getting personally involved with their client’s affairs while representing them. This can cause conflicts of interests and other legal issues.

Thus, you may wish to hire a lawyer who has a similar outlook and perspectives that you do. This will help avoid potential conflicts that can cause delays or setbacks during trial.

What Are Ethics Violations?

Ethics violations may occur when a lawyer’s conduct falls below the standards for the legal profession in their area of practice. For instance, a common ethics violation includes situations where the lawyer appropriates the client’s funds for their own use. Another common violation is where the lawyer violates the client’s privacy by disclosing confidential information that they have told them.

If an ethics violation occurs, it will be necessary to obtain a new lawyer to replace the previous one. This can often cause some delays for the trial process.

Should I Obtain a Lawyer for My Personal Injury Issue?

Personal injury claims generally require the assistance of an attorney who specializes in personal injury law. You may wish to hire a lawyer if you need help with tasks such as preparing documents, filing requests with a court, or representing you during trial. Your attorney can provide you with legal advice and assistance to help your claim succeed in court.

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, LegalMatch Legal Writer

Last Modified: 09-25-2013 03:02 PM PDT

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