As a practicing Green Bay attorney of almost 18 years, I've seen good and bad lawyers. Hiring the right attorney for your case can mean the difference of thousands of dollars and even potential jail time if you don't have the best attorney possible. Hiring the wrong attorney or trying to "go it alone" can result in a very unpleasant and costly experience. To prevent this from happening to you, let's take a few moments to discuss key things you need to know to help you find the best attorney for you
The critical elements between you and your attorney are trust and experience.
Make sure you are comfortable with the lawyer you are considering hiring. After interviewing them, you should feel you can trust them to handle your case effectively. Your lawyer should specialize in the area of law that directly relates to your situation and they should have a track record of results and experience. Be sure your attorney cares enough about you and your case to do everything possible to achieve a positive outcome.
Do your homework.
Get familiar with the applicable laws in your state that affect your case. View the website of the attorney or law firm you are considering for more information. Do a Google search for client reviews of the attorney's you are considering. Check with legal associations such as the State bar association, to be sure that those attorney's you are considering don't have any complaints filed against them or other issues of concern. Ask friends, former clients, business colleagues and others about their experience using the particular lawyer you are considering
Whether hiring a local Green Bay attorney or an out-of-town lawyer, make sure the attorney you choose meets the following criteria:
- The proper qualifications and experience in the right area of law. Don't use a criminal lawyer if you're getting a divorce.
- The attorney will be handling your case personally. You don't want to be assigned to any other lawyer.
- The lawyer is properly licensed in that area of law in which you need them.
- The attorney is upfront and truthful with you about your case. You should get the good and the bad and what to reasonably expect based on their experience.
- The attorney answers all of your questions clearly. They should also be willing to discuss their failures as well as their successes.
- The attorney is well connected within the local court system and with judges and other attorneys in their area of law. This can make all the difference in the outcome of your case.
- The Attorney takes client confidentiality seriously and states outright that the details of your case will never be discussed with anyone that isn't involved in your case.
- Your attorney should clearly outline their fees and expenses. You want NO hidden charges or surprises.
- Based on the attorney's experience, they should tell you how long they feel your case should take, it's strong and weak areas, and potential outcomes.
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