When Should You Hire an Attorney ? And How do you decide ?
If you hire a lawyer, it can save you money and heartache in many cases.But you may ask the question to yourself, is my situation is one of them ?
When do you need a lawyer ?
If you have thought about the need of an attorney to advise you, counsel with you or represent you, then you should speak with one.
When you are facing some type of legal proceeding, legal transaction, or you need to understand your legal rights, at that time there is a need for a lawyer.
In the event of an injury caused by another person, the need arises soon after you realize that you have suffered some sort of damage.
In a violation of contract case,it will be when you believe the contract is or is about to be broken. In a real estate matter, it may be when you decide you want to buy a property.
An easy example is an automobile accident.
You are driving on the road, obeying the traffic laws and minding your own business, when suddenly someone crashes into you. You suffered a broken arm and a head injury.
From this example it seems that, you have been wronged by someone and you have suffered damages.
This is the time you should contact an attorney to discuss your legal rights and whether you have a claim that can be pureued or is worthwhile pursuing.
While you are still at the scene of the accident,you may need to contact a lawyer as your primary concern should be making a claim for your injuries.
At that time your first concern should be your safety and the safety of others.
As well as your concern should be for injuries you may have suffered and for injuries others may have suffered.
Your concern should be in cooperation with law enforcement personnel to make the scene as safe as possible.It is the better time to think about whether you need a lawyer.
There are also a number of other times when legal advice may be beneficial for you.
How to select the best lawyer to hire ?
If you decide you need the help of a lawyer, make a careful investigation of the lawyers you are considering. Also ask each attorney to provide you with whatever information you may feel in needed.
The following information that will be generally found useful :
The Attorney’s curriculum vitae
In the curriculum vitae or a CV , the attorney should set forth their educational background,job positions, special honors and recognition,specialized education and some other pieces of important information.
Experience in the specific area :
You ask the lawyer to provide the information illustrating the experience in the specific subject matter.
How much time does the lawyer work in the specific area in which you need assistance ?
What is the attorney’s track history ?if the case involves litigation.
How many cases which are similar to your situation that the lawyer tried?
What were the outcomes from those cases ?
Is the lawyer certified by the State Bar in the area of practice ?
Ask whether the attorney has ever been trained by the Bar Association.
What staffs does the attorney have? and what are the qualifications of the staaffs.
How much fees are to be charged and the method of payment ?
Review carefully the lawyer and law firm websites for the attorneys you are considering.
Check for news paper articles and Television interviews.
Check whether the law firm provide useful information on their website or it is basically for advertisement ?
Does the lawyer provide informative content such as videos that might provide insight about the attorney and their knowledge?
At last after you collect all the necessary information you want, carefully review the information.
At the time of your review, write down the important questions in which you have doubt.
Then it is the time to give careful consideration and ask all the questions you may have to the attorney.
At the time of taking final decision, do not allow any other to interfere.