How to hire a lawyer when you need one

If you are lucky, you will go through life only needing the services of a lawyer when you move to a new home. But it is still handy to know how to find a good one should you need to do so for another reason.

The help of good legal experts can prove invaluable should you have an accident. If you are injured and need compensation to cover your medical bills or to use physiotherapy to make a faster recovery a good lawyer will be able to help you.

Below, are a few questions you can use to narrow down your options. To ensure that you hire the right person for the job.

Is their experience relevant to your situation?

When it comes to legal matters, the more relevant your lawyer´s experience is the more likely it is that the outcome will be good. Of course, any legal professional can read and understand the law. But, only experience enables them to know how that law is applied. Armed with this information a good lawyer will be able to map a path through the maze of possible outcomes and follow the one that leads to the best result for you.

Are they properly qualified?

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for people who are unqualified to set themselves up as fake lawyers. So, before you hire someone always check that they are qualified. If you are hiring a legal professional in North America you can use this link to do that. Most other countries have a similar association or organization you can use to verify a legal professional’s qualifications.

What is their reputation like?

It is also worth checking out their track record. This is not always easy to do. But you should at least try. Sometimes a simple Google search using their name in speech marks along with words like court or case and the name of the place they work can be very revealing. Review websites and forums can also uncover relevant information about the type of service they offer and how good they are.

If you know someone who has recently used the services of the lawyer you are considering hiring, speak to them first. They may not want to share the details of their case with you. But most of the time they will tell you whether the lawyer offered a good service or not.

Can you afford their fees?

It is important to speak to your lawyer about how much they charge before you hire them. You do not want any nasty surprises. Or to discover halfway through your case that you cannot really afford your lawyer´s fees.

Your lawyer is not likely to be able to tell you precisely how much the bill will be. But they should at least give you an estimate. If the cost is an issue, you could always look for a lawyer who is prepared to work on a no-win-no-fee basis. However, you should still ask them what percentage of any winnings they will need to keep, before hiring them.

Following the basic tips above will help you to quickly narrow the options down. But be sure to use your own judgment and carry out any additional checks that you think are relevant before hiring anyone.

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