If you have never had to hire an attorney before, but find yourself in a position where you need one now, you may not know where to start. Most attorneys offer a free consultation, where you get the opportunity to meet the attorney, discuss their background and experience, and discuss your case. Knowing what factors to look for during this consultation can help you find the right attorney for you. Here are four factors to look for in an attorney.
What Experience They Have With Your Type of Case
One of the biggest factors to consider is what types of experience they have with cases such as yours. Attorneys do not have to undergo any training or certification based on the type of cases they want to handle. As such, technically, one attorney could handle personal injury, criminal defense, and family law. While most do not do this, there is legally nothing stopping them from doing so.
As such, the best way to find an attorney who is experienced with the type of case you need help with is to specifically ask them what experience they have with cases that are similar to yours. Is this their first case with charges like yours or their 100th? Finding out how much experience they have with cases like yours will help you select a lawyer experienced in the right area of the law for your case.
What They Think They Can Do For Your Situation
Another very important question to ask a lawyer during a consultation is what they think they can do for you in the situation you are in. Depending on the circumstances of your case, there may be a lot they can do, or very little they can do. Asking this question will help you determine whether you should hire an attorney and whether the one you are thinking about hiring has faith in your case. Based on this information, you can determine whether to work with that attorney, move on to someone else or not hire an attorney at all.
What They Charge
The last factor that you need to decided when looking for an attorney is how much they charge. Most lawyers charge anywhere from $100 to $500 per hour. Finding out how much an attorney charges will let you know whether you can afford them or not.