Should you have run into some difficulty and you are in need of a lawyer, it is important that you don’t just pick any lawyer, but one which can provide you with outstanding service, and ultimately excellence in professionalism. The difference between an average lawyer, a good lawyer and a great lawyer is huge, especially when it comes to how comfortable you feel, and how good a job they do.
Nobody wants to consider a time when they will need a lawyer, but life can often throw up curveballs which you may not have expected. I found myself in need of a lawyer this time last year and without the help of the guys at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, I dread to think what would have happened. I managed to get the best ini the business because I knew what to look for in a great lawyer, if you want the same, here is what you need to look for.
Reputation and Record
Opting for a law firm which already has a stellar record and a strong reputation should be the very least that you look for in a legal team. Whilst this understandably will exclude any new law practices, which may very well be great lawyers, you are not in the business of helping law firms gain prestige, but rather in getting the best lawyer for your case. With this in mind, be sure to do your research and get a law firm with a great track record.
Many law firms will handle a number of different types of cases but they will by and large be specialists in a certain aspect of the law. Picking the brains of a lawyer about a variety of cases is all well and good but when it comes to someone actually representing you, it is vital that you are with someone who knows this particular arm of the law in great detail. Assess what kind of case you have on your hands, and then find a lawyer who is a specialist in the field.
Going through a legal process can be tough on you, especially if this is the first time that you have done anything like this. With this in mind it is crucial that you select a lawyer that makes you feel comfortable, that gives you plenty of information about what is happening with the case, and one who truly believes in you and your case.
Generally speaking, you can expect to pay top dollar if you want the very best lawyers, but price is not always indicative of quality. Indeed there are many cowboys in the business who charge high rates for poor service, so be sure that you keep your eyes open for this. Assuming that you have found a law firm which meets all of the criteria above, the price will be your final decision-maker. Be wary of a great firm charging very low fees, as well as firms who charge high fees without offering any of the above requirements.
Use this as your checklist, and go bag yourself the best lawyer for you.