There are any number of reasons why an individual may need a lawyer during the course of his or her life. Among other things, legal assistance may be necessary for divorce, bankruptcy, personal injury, or probate issues. Choosing the right lawyer may mean the difference between success and failure in any legal issue.
As television, print advertising, and the internet become inundated with lawyers advertising their services, it becomes more difficult to make an informed decision regarding which services to use. As the services of a good attorney are never inexpensive, it is imperative that an individual select an attorney or group of attorneys that meet his or her personal needs. This may require the interviewing of several attorneys before one is selected. Often the first place to begin when looking for a lawyer is to ask for referrals from friends and/or acquaintances.
It is perfectly acceptable to interview more than one lawyer before deciding on which one to pay for services. A good lawyer expects this practice and welcomes the opportunity to discuss legal issues and whether or not his or her services are appropriate or even necessary for a particular instance. An initial consultation with an attorney is generally offered for little or no cost to clients.
When visiting with a lawyer for the first time, be sure to attend the meeting armed with a series of questions. Answers regarding the attorney’s fees, scheduling conflicts, provision of services and legal philosophies are necessary for a client to get a clear picture of the lawyer’s operating methods. During this initial meeting, the client should be able to gauge his or her comfort level with the attorney as an individual. It is perfectly acceptable to reject a lawyer’s services based upon a negative reaction to his or her personality or philosophy. As the client and the attorney must work closely together, they should make sure that doing so will be comfortable for both.