If you have a pending criminal case, liable suit, custody battle, or any pending case, you are going to need a good lawyer. In this ‘how-to’ article, we are going to cover just how to go about finding the right lawyer for you. You may not always have the option of getting a great lawyer unless you can afford it, but you can get a lawyer that is right for your situation. For example, if you don’t have a lot of money, you may need a public defender, so we will provide some tips for that as well as getting a well-paid lawyer.
Hiring a Paid Lawyer
If you can afford it, you should always hire a paid lawyer if you want them to take your case seriously. If you have a severe case, you need a serious lawyer, that’s all there is to it. Finding one is a different story, though. Here are some tips you can use to find the right lawyer for you:
Word of mouth
Personal referrals are one of the best ways to find a competent lawyer. Talk to your friends and coworkers and see if any of them have had similar legal issues as you have. If they have had the same problems in the past or even currently, see who their lawyer was. Did they win? Are they doing a good job? Usually, a friend won’t recommend a lawyer to you unless they did them some good. This way, you have some personal history with the lawyer. A lawyer is always happy to take on friends of his past clients as well because it speaks to your credibility as well. If you had a friend or associate that went to him and paid his or her bill. Of course, this method is only useful if you can find someone with a similar situation that had a good lawyer.
Use online information to research your lawyer or use an online directory that rates and has comments about lawyers that are posted by their clients. That way, you can at least have some second-hand information on a lawyer and can see if they did others right. It is not as good as first-hand information because second-hand information can be falsified, but a lawyer is less likely than most to commit such an act perhaps. Don’t rely solely on this second-hand information to be safe. Check them out by doing a Google and Yahoo search on the lawyer’s name and see what comes up. One lawyer directory you can check is Nolo’s lawyer directory at www.nolo.com/lawyers/
Some lawyers specialize in certain types of cases while others take on a wider variety of cases. If you can’t find a lawyer from a friend, this is the next best option. If you have a criminal case, hire a criminal lawyer, but don’t rely just on the fact that they say they are a criminal specialty lawyer, do both a Google and Yahoo search on them as well at least. You probably have seen dozens of commercials for injury lawyers and the such. These are prime examples of specialty lawyers.
Business and community services
There are a lot of business organizations that can help refer a good lawyer for different types of cases. Also, check into community service organization and pro bono associations for legal help, particularly if you have a limited budget.
Pro bono and court-appointed attorneys
If you are on a limited budget or are unemployed, search for a pro bono organization that can help or get a court-appointed attorney. For any criminal case and most others, the court has to supply you with a lawyer if you can show that you can not afford one. Good luck finding a lawyer for your next court date!
Here’s a good article on how to hire an injury lawyer.