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What to Look for When Hiring a Lawyer

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How Do I Know What to Look for When Hiring a Lawyer?

When looking for a lawyer, you may wish to consider several different factors that might affect your choice. For instance, you should consider issues such as:

  • Whether you need a specialist lawyer or a general practitioner.
  • Whether the attorney charges a flat rate or uses a contngency fee.
  • Which state bar(s) the lawyer is registered in (this is important if the legal issue involves multiple state laws).
  • The attorney’s performance or track record in court.
  • How long the attorney has been practicing.
  • Whether the attorney has been disciplined for ethical or professional violations.

For the most part, your choice of lawyer will be dictated mostly by your current legal needs and the situation that you need resolved. For instance, if you have a criminal law issue, you will obviously need a criminal law attorney. However, if there are also immigration issues at play (such as removal or deportation), you may need a lawyer who understands both criminal and immigration laws.

What if I Have a Dispute with an Attorney?

Disputes with lawyers can be lessened by choosing a lawyer who will best be able to represent you in court. You may wish to ask a prospective lawyer a few questions before enlisting their services. For instance, you may want to ask if the lawyer has any personal beliefs or preferences that might be an issue during the lawsuit, or that might conflict with your own outlook.

If you have a dispute or a conflict of interest with an attorney during a trial, you are generally free to dismiss your lawyer and obtain a new one. Attorney ethics laws actually require lawyers to excuse themselves from a case if certain conflicts arise between them and their client. On the other hand, you will need to obtain a new lawyer, which may cause some delays or extra issues during the trial.

Do I Need a Lawyer for My Legal Issues?

Hiring a lawyer may be necessary for your legal issues or disputes that you are facing. A qualified attorney in your area can assist you with your claim to ensure that you receive the legal remedy that you need. Also, your attorney can be on hand during trial to represent you in court as needed during the proceedings.

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, LegalMatch Legal Writer

Last Modified: 09-24-2013 10:58 AM PDT

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