Find an Attorney: Know the Basics

Nearly everyone will need an attorney at some point in their continue lives. You may need an attorney for something as simple as closing on a house purchase or writing a will. Or, it could be more complicated like a mortgage agreement or a will. It doesn’t matter what situation it may be, competent and wise counsel is essential. Problem is that most people don’t require the services of an attorney often. They may not even know of one or how to find one. As with most things in life and work, the more information you have the better. It is not difficult to choose an attorney. Let’s begin at the beginning, and then work our way through it.

Although it may seem simple, the first step should be to determine if and why an attorney is necessary. Sometimes, not having an attorney or waiting to contact one can make matters worse. Do not fall for the adage that you can create your will, manage your divorce or start your Limited Liability Company (LLC). While it may be possible with certain packages, you won’t get the necessary legal counsel to help you assess your legal rights, determine if those documents will be accepted by the court, and advise you on any potential legal issues. The old saying “A person who acts like his own attorney has fools for a client” is true.

After you have defined your reasons for hiring an attorney, you can choose the type of attorney that you require. While some attorneys can be considered “general practitioners,” others specialize in a particular area. It is a good idea to find an attorney with experience in that particular area if you are involved in a personal case, such as a divorce.

It will take some effort to find the right attorney. Although you can check the Yellow Pages and web sites for information, the best way to find the right attorney is to ask your friends or local professionals for recommendations. A legal referral service can be consulted as well as a list of local attorneys. No matter how you start your search, it is important to do your research. Your search will be more successful if you have more information.