Choosing an attorney is a personal decision.
Once you’ve identified a potential attorney, it’s important to have a conversation with them to determine if they’re a good fit for you. Most attorneys will provide a free phone consultation and give you the opportunity to ask questions.
There are a few high-level things to consider:
- How many years has the attorney practiced the area of law that you need? Some attorneys specialize in a certain area of law and others are general practice attorneys who cover a broad range of areas. Ask about what they specialize in and how much experience they have.
- What does the attorney charge? Attorney fees vary based on many factors including location, experience, size of firm, etc. You may consider getting the attorney fees in writing. (And remember that cheaper isn’t always better.)
- Does the attorney have any client referrals? If possible, review feedback from their past clients to get a sense for their reputation and quality of service.
- Where is the attorney located? Do you need your attorney to be located close to your home or workplace? Will you need to make appointments during your lunch break?
- Do you feel confident with them as your attorney? Your attorney will be advocating on your behalf, so it’s important to choose someone who you trust.
If you’re ever in a position to ask, “How do I choose an attorney?”, these five questions can help you make the best decision for your needs.