Experience: The years of experience that the lawyer has is an important and not to be overlooked criteria. Not only should they have experience practicing law, but especially in the area in which you need legal representation. A lawyer may be great at real estate matters but not so good with criminal cases.
The reality is just the opposite. The truth is that if you have injured or killed someone as a result of drunk driving you will have to face jail time. Now you must be thinking what is the need of hiring a lawyer in such case? Yes, even if you can’t escape imprisonment you should hire a lawyer. An experienced lawyer can at least reduce your sentence to some extent especially when you are really guilty.
Many people believe they can get a 24 7 attorney near me form, a legal form that is used to appoint an agent to act on their behalf, for free. No, unfortunately it’s not that simple. Why? Read any free legal form website, and you are guaranteed to see a disclaimer. It will entail something to the effect of, our legal forms are samples only, and are for educational purposes. In fact, their useless.
Referrals: Don’t be afraid to ask family members, colleague…etc for recommendations. If you are going through a divorce, ask someone who may have had a divorce to recommend a lawyer.
I have seen criminal defense attorneys explain to the court that they are really not in a position to deal with the custody, visitation and child support issues because the client has another attorney for those issues and the attorney handling the restraining order case is clueless when it comes to those issues. Sometimes, the family court issues can be an integral part of settling or winning the case but if your attorney cannot address these issues, you are seriously prejudicing all of your case.
Get references. Ask your lawyer for references from two previous clients. Call them, ask how their divorce went and if they were happy with the lawyer. Make sure to ask were there any problems that arose they think you should know about. Agree not to talk about this to your lawyer.
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