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Old 01-22-2009, 06:16 PM
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Finding a lawyer is easy! You can check the following resources:
  • Phone Book / Yellow Pages - There are dozens of ads in the phone book for lawyers.
  • State Bar Associations - They work with lawyers and can help you identify specializations.
  • Recommendations from Friends - The best ways to choose a lawyer is through recommendations from friends who have had personal experience with a lawyer.
  • Referral Services - A 3rd party service that will put you in touch with the proper lawyer.
  • Library - Libraries have law directories that you can reference for names.
  • Search the web. - There are lots of websites that will help you find a lawyer.
  • Flyers or other advertisements - Because you have a coupon, it doesn't mean you'll have a good lawyer. Certainly an option for finding a lawyer but proceed with caution.
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Old 01-23-2009, 04:47 PM
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Make sure you know what everything is going to cost before signing any legal papers. Are you working a contingency agreement (you don't pay until the case is won), or will you pay the lawyer by the hour? Will there be a retainer? What makes the most sense for your situtation? Remember; a lawyer's hourly wage can add up quickly!
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Old 01-23-2009, 04:47 PM
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How to choose a lawyer: Call around and talk by phone first. Ask yourself how experienced this lawyer is with your situation, what is their hourly fee, what does that fee cover, and will they sign a wage agreement prior to any activity.
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Old 01-23-2009, 04:47 PM
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Be sure to ask your lawyer whether or not they or one of their associates will be representing you.
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Old 01-23-2009, 04:48 PM
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Ask your lawyer if they can provide an estimate as to what they think your entire legal matter may cost.
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Be very honest with your lawyer. He or she can not properly represent you if they don't have all the cards on the table. Tell them the truth and leave no stone unturned.
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Keep very detailed notes on every circumstance of your legal matter. The more detailed you are, the more the lawyer has to work with. These notes will also help you be consistent with your testimony.
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Do your best to avoid shady lawyers. Remember; if it doesn't "feel" right, it probably isn't.
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Old 01-23-2009, 04:49 PM
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Be sure that your lawyer provides you copies of all documents regarding your case.
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Always remember the lawyer should be looking out for your best interests, not theirs. You are paying them to help you.
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Knowing when you will actually need to hire a lawyer is very important. If the legal issue is one with high consequences, then it is always best to hire or at least consult with a lawyer. Some examples of when you would need a lawyer are: if you are accused of a felony; before signing contracts; preparing for adoption; writing your will; selling your business; you are getting divorced; or if you've been injured at work or at a business. It is always better (if possible) to consult with an attorney before any legal issues arise as it will better prepare you to handle them. Your lawyer will be able to give you legal counsel, create legal documents, etc that will be helpful with your legal issue.
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Find a lawyer you can work with. Don't be viewed as an open check book. Watch the time you spend "chatting" with a lawyer. You will be charged for every minute!
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Make sure the lawyer you pick is skilled in the area you need help with. Call a few firms and compare rates. Ask if they specialize in a particular area of the law.
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