Choosing the Right Lawyer
Many of you already know that I have a criminal justice degree. Yes, many ask how in the world I became a blogger with a degree that came from a law school. The answer is simple, I was a blogger first, not before entering school but before graduating. I became a wife, then our son Jack entered the world and it just made more sense to stay at home and be a Mama. I had a purpose in life and it was real. It felt “right” and then came Willie and now I have this amazing routine going. I had often wanted to become a personal injury lawyer, but things change and so do goals.
Anyway, had I become an actual lawyer (which I seriously debated) I knew there would be tons of competition, especially now in a time where everyone heads to the internet to learn everything they can about hiring counsel.
Websites such as Lawyers of Distinction “a private lawyer vanity and marketing company whose only objective is to help Members stand out from the crowd. With Members in all 50 States, Lawyers of Distinction recognizes over 20 separate areas of practice, has no plaintiff or defense bias and no political affiliations. Membership is limited to no more than 10% of attorneys from any given State” provide lawyers with a way to market themselves.
Many people choose a lawyer using the old technique of the yellow pages looking to see who does free consults, while others of the newer ages use the internet and research the lawyer learning about their work styles and personalities.
Personally I like to know the person I am hiring. WikiHow has an awesome article about how to find a good attorney “Focus your efforts on finding a lawyer that has dealt with your specific legal issue in the past and that you get along with personally.” I feel that being able to “jive” with the lawyer that you choose is very important. I have met many lawyers who are now lifelong friends after an incident that we encountered and we all have a bond.
There are also qualities that people look for in a good attorney; these include creative skills, knowing how to research and having good people skills.
Have you ever retained counsel? Did you rely on the newer techniques of searching for the perfect lawyer or did you go to the old school yellow pages? Share your thoughts below and we really look forward to reading all about your choices and how you came to the decision to hire the chosen lawyer.