Everyday people must make decisions.
Some decisions are harder than others. Some decisions are risky, like the decision to start a business. Some decisions are the start of a long, and sometimes difficult journey, like the decision to come and live and work in the United States. Some decisions you want to put off and not have to think about, like the decision to write your will.
Those decisions still need to be made, but it’s important to make the right decision. We’ve all made a hasty decision that ended up costing us something down the road later. Each of the areas I practice in, my clients have to make important decisions that will have lasting effects. I want to help as many people as I can make the best decision for them, with my knowledge and expertise as their guide.
No matter which of the above decisions you need to make, you want to make sure you have someone you trust who can help guide you through them. Each comes with it’s own risks or difficulties, but having a good lawyer on your side decreases those risks and difficulties. You want to be sure that you find a lawyer you know and trust who can lead you through the process of starting a business, getting status in the U.S. or creating the best estate plan for you.
Here are some things to think about when hiring an attorney.
Level of Comfort
Do you feel comfortable with this attorney? You will be sharing information about yourself and your legal issue with your lawyer, so it’s important that you feel comfortable to share. If you’re hesitant to tell anything to an attorney you are speaking with, that could be a barrier in your case.
As lawyers, we need to have all the information we are requesting so we can represent you best. We are acting as your adviser and advocate, and we need you to be comfortable enough to share with us all the information we need in your case. Be sure that you’re comfortable with whoever you choose to work with.
Be sure that you understand what your attorney is telling you. There can be a lot of confusing terms and ideas in the legal world, but a good attorney should be able to explain the legal concepts that apply to your case in a clear way. If you find yourself confused or unlcear on what is happening, always ask for clarification. If you find that you can’t understand much of what an attorney is saying when you talk to him or her, and they don’t do a good job of clarifying, it might not be a good fit.
Knowledge and Expertise
Make sure the attorney you choose to work with has the right expertise and experience for the legal area you need help with. If the attorney advertises him or herself as a civil rights attorney, don’t call them asking for help in filing for a divorce. That’s not their area of practice. Ask an attorney what areas they specialize in, and if they have any experience with your type of case. If they do practice in the area you need help with, great. If not, ask if they can provide you with a referral to another reputable attorney who can help you.
A lot of people make price the deciding factor when it comes to their legal needs. While this is understandable, what people don’t know is that spending less money initially, can end up being very costly later on. While a lot of people choose a more affordable legal subscription service company to handle their case, this is not the best fit for everyone. Only a lawyer can take the facts of your unique case and come up with the best legal solution. This level of attention and advising does come with a higher price tag. But you’ll be saving money in the long run.
For example, in estate planning, the plans I prepare for my clients do require an investment up front. But what they are paying with me helps them shield their family members from paying up to ten times that amount in probate court later on.
If price is a big issue for you, ask the attorney if they charge hourly or a flat fee. Some attorneys may even agree to payment plans. While price is important in choosing your attorney, don’t let it take priority in your search. You could be missing out on great legal advice that will save you a lot of money down the road.
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