Have you been charged with a crime, been arrested, or being questioned as a possible suspect or person of interest in a crime? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you need to consult an attorney now. The earlier you hire an attorney to advocate for you, the better the chances of a positive outcome. Most likely you have a lot at stake, from your freedom to your finances, and you need to be proactive in protecting yourself.
Now, more than ever, we are all looking for value in the products and services we use. Why should this not apply to our lawyers as well? I am not suggesting you hire an inexpensive attorney, instead I am saying you must take the initiative to make sure you get the most value of your lawyer for the money you spend. Unlike many products and services you are used to, hiring a lawyer means that you, the client, have to do your fair share of the work in order for the outcome to be successful and laden with value. Hopefully you have already done your research and have hired a lawyer that is suited for both you and the legal work you need done. This is essential for the following tips to prove successful in getting the most out of your lawyer.
You have a legal problem and have determined you need the expertise of a lawyer, but how do you go about finding a good lawyer? It is important to know that much like finding a great doctor, accountant, or mechanic finding the right lawyer is a process and will require that you take the time to “comparison shop“. That said, it does not need to be a daunting task if you consider the following steps and advice.
You wouldn’t buy a car without knowing how much it will cost and what your payment arrangement is, so why hire a lawyer before knowing how much and how you are going to pay? Legal services aren’t cheap and by knowing what your fee arrangement with a lawyer is, you can effectively budget and avoid payment difficulties. Therefore, it is extremely important that you take the time to discuss fees with your lawyer prior to any work being done by your lawyer. You should not feel shy and uncomfortable in bringing up the fees and billing practices, as this discussion is as important to your potential lawyer as it is to you. If the lawyer doesn’t want to discuss fees, be leery and continue looking for another attorney. To give you a basic understanding of how a lawyer charges, read more about several common types of fee arrangements.