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Legal Tips — Searching for a Lawyer

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1. Do you really need a lawyer?
2. What to consider before looking for a lawyer.
3. How fast should you act?
4. How to begin looking for a lawyer.

1. Do you really need a lawyer?
Sometimes it's easy to know if you need a lawyer. If you've been charged with a crime, been served with a lawsuit, or need a divorce — a lawyer is exactly what you need. Lawyers, however, aren't just for criminals or those in litigation. Lawyers — like those at LegalMatch — can also provide advice and knowledge to people who just need to talk to an expert.

Advice from a skilled lawyer can help you understand the complex rules associated with business negotiations and partnerships, estate planning, adoption, will and trust drafting, tax strategies and much more.

Lawyers improve their clients' quality of life by protecting them from situations that might bring later bring emotional and financial hardship. A good lawyer is there to help those in trouble now and those who want to avoid trouble in the future. You can begin your search for legal help by presenting your case to LegalMatch, where qualified lawyers can review your situation and help you to resolve it.

2. What to consider before you look for a lawyer.
In many cases, you may be able to solve your problem without a lawyer. If a company has wronged you, see if it has a customer service department. Often it can settle the complaint to your satisfaction without having to find a lawyer. You may also want to contact the consumer protection department at your state attorney general offices.

If a regulated industry (like a bank or insurance company) has wronged you, there is a state-run agency in charge of watching that industry that you can contact. The agency may be able to deal with the problem on your behalf. Community groups might also be able to offer you free advice on these types of legal matters.

On the other hand, sometimes a lawyer's advice can be well worth the money. A lawyer can help ensure that you contact the right people first, and that you don't do something that will hurt your case later. LegalMatch makes finding the right lawyer easier than ever.

3. How fast should you act? 
If you've been accused of a crime or find yourself the defendant in a legal suit, contact a lawyer immediately.

Avoid delay in seeking legal counsel if you've been injured and plan to pursue your rights. Waiting several months could jeopardize your right to seek relief.

Even if you are thinking about legal help merely to avoid problems in the future, it's never too early to begin your legal search. For example, tax strategies, corporate and employment law advice, and estate planning shouldn't be put off for too long. Putting legal matters on the back burner might cost you more in the end.

When you decide to act, LegalMatch is there to make finding the right lawyer fast, safe, and secure. At LegalMatch, you can confidentially present your case on-line for lawyers to review, and then evaluate lawyer responses, credentials, and experience at a speed you're comfortable with.
Tips 1-3 excerpted from the original LegalMatch article:
Do I need a Lawyer?

4. How to begin looking for a lawyer. 
There are a lot of lawyers out there, but how do you find one that best suits your needs?

First, you need to find one who works in the proper jurisdiction. Typically, lawyers are licensed to practice in a particular state. LegalMatch clearly indicates the states in which its lawyers are licensed, making the selection process very easy for you.

Second, you need to find one who knows how to best handle your case best. Many lawyers specialize in one type of law or another. A specialist in family law won't be your best option if you need a bankruptcy lawyer. LegalMatch matches your case with lawyers based on their practice areas and expertise to make it simple for you to find a specialist or a generalist as you search for legal help.

Third, you need to find a lawyer compatible with your budget. If a lawyer on television advertises low fees, they may not include every service you'll need in that fee. LegalMatch requires lawyers to spell out exactly what is included in the advertised fee. This allows you to compare what lawyers are charging with what services they actually provide.

LegalMatch makes finding a qualified lawyer fast and easy. Present your case, and interested attorneys will send you a message commenting on your case and describing why they may be best qualified to help you.
Tip 4 excerpted from the original LegalMatch article:
Finding a Lawyer and Why You Need a Lawyer
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