The choice of the lawyer depends first of all on the nature of your case. Indeed, you must determine whether you need legal advice or accompaniment in court. This is fundamental. Some lawyers specialize in advice, while other lawyers intervene in litigation or in court. You should also consider whether the case requires the intervention of a specialist or not. It is good to remember that there are indeed generalist lawyers and specialist lawyers.
For example, if you are looking for a lawyer for a divorce procedure or for a case related to real estate law, a generalist lawyer can largely do the job. The generalist lawyer often accompanies his clients throughout their lives for advice.
However, if your area is very specific or complex, you will need to choose a specialized lawyer, as he or she will be familiar with the subject matter and procedures.
Once you have gathered a list of potential lawyers, you can begin the evaluation process. Most attorneys typically offer a free initial consultation, and as an informed consumer, you should definitely take advantage of this. You should prepare a list of questions and take notes during the consultation. Then you can compare later with the lawyers on your list. The important questions are as follows:
All lawyers have a 4 or 5 year university degree, but nevertheless this initial training does not always correspond to their professional activity. The profession recognizes titles of specialization. These specialization titles can only be claimed by lawyers who have at least four years of experience and who have passed a professional examination before the bar. This is in fact a real guarantee of quality. Since there are many areas of practice in the legal field, you need to make sure that the lawyer you hire has solid experience in the area in which you need help.
Legal advice can be very expensive and it is important that you know how much your lawyer will charge you. At the first consultation, a lawyer should be able to give you an estimate based on the nature of your case, and the possible solutions.
You should be aware that lawyers’ fees are completely free and can vary from 1 to 10. These fees do not necessarily reflect the skills of the person you are looking for. For example, a media lawyer will charge for his notoriety and not necessarily for his ability to resolve your case judiciously.
In principle, most lawyers post an hourly rate which they then vary according to the litigation, the reputation of the firm and the complexity of the case. Hourly rates have the advantage of transparency, but you must be able to ask the lawyer to justify the number of hours spent on your case. But hourly rates can also make it difficult to estimate the amount of litigation.
The other possibility is the fixed price which is a rather practical solution because it avoids bad surprises. You must negotiate with your lawyer at the time of the delivery of your file. You are advised to ask for an estimate at the first meeting. It is also possible to conclude a fee agreement and in this case the lawyer can be paid by a percentage.
How does the lawyer communicate with his clients? If you have questions, how can you get in touch with him/her? What is the response time? Lawyers generally handle a large number of cases, but for you, of course, your case is a priority and you need to be sure that the lawyer you hire will be efficient in responding to your request.
In principle, a lawyer should be available, but how much availability should you expect from him or her? Not all clients have the same need for availability and not all lawyers have to provide the same level of availability. Generally, some clients call their lawyer very frequently to inquire about the status of their case. Other clients simply send an e-mail to their lawyer who will inform them when an event occurs in their case. You must be careful because if you call your lawyer often, he will count the time spent answering you and the fees will certainly be substantial.
The reactivity of your lawyer is also a very important criterion, because he must answer your expectations and your questions as quickly as possible.
Some lawyers work alone, while others have paralegals on their team or outsource some of the legal work to other lawyers. It is imperative that you make sure who will be handling your case if you do not want to be disappointed. The quality of the service must be excellent, but the cost can be quite high.
As a client, it is necessary to have a healthy and pleasant relationship with your lawyer. In order to receive real service, it is necessary to be able to explain all the ins and outs of your case. You must be comfortable with your lawyer. You should try to get to know your lawyer’s personality so that you can ask him or her any questions that are bothering you.
Sometimes people choose a lawyer they know or who has been recommended to them. This can be a good solution, but sometimes it has a number of drawbacks. You should not let your lawyer’s familiarity prevent you from telling him or her the whole story. In such a case, it is preferable to choose a lawyer whom you do not know, but to whom you can freely expose all your disputes. The relationship between the client and his lawyer is fundamental. A good feeling must be established. For example, choosing a lawyer of the same age as you can be a good solution. If you are young, an older lawyer can be judicious because he will seem more experienced.
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