Are you looking to work with a lawyer, but have no idea where to start? Well you have come to the right place! Keep reading to find out the seven steps to choosing the right lawyer for you!
1. Understand the type of lawyer you need
The first step when choosing the right lawyer is to understand the type of lawyer that you need. Identify what area of law you need assistance in (e.g. family law, civil law) so that you can find a lawyer who has experience and expertise in this field. For example, if you are looking for help with a divorce case, then you will need to work with a family lawyer.
Nowadays, it is also important to consider the method of communication you would like to use when working with your lawyer. For those who prefer in-person interactions, you may need to find a lawyer who still operates within an open office environment. However, for those who prefer online interactions (such as through instant messaging, video conferences or voice calls), then working with a cloud-based lawyer may be more suitable.
2. Find a lawyer who fits your needs
After understanding the type of lawyer you need, the next step is to find them. You can find lawyers through the internet by searching on search engines or visiting an online directory. Alternatively, you can visit law firms local to your area in person. You can also visit the Law Society of South Australia’s website for more recommendations.
3. Read reviews of your potential lawyer(s)
Once you have settled on a list of potential lawyers, you will need to do some background research on them so that you can understand whether their services are any good. Third-party review sites may be a good place to start to look for reviews and references on your potential lawyers. Search engines may also have reviews to read under a lawyer’s business listing.
4. Check out the website and social media of your potential lawyer(s) and their company
It will also be helpful to check out a law firm’s website and social media account for more information on their services as well as general public reception towards them. Business websites will usually have ‘about us’ pages which will help you discover more about your potential lawyers and their core values. Social media accounts will also reveal how day-to-day individuals see the lawyers, and can help you form an impression of them.
5. Seek independent opinions on your decision
After you have decided on your potential lawyers to work with, be sure to also speak to a friend or family member for an independent perspective. Individuals who are close to you will probably understand your situation best, and can recommend who they believe will provide you with the most helpful services.
6. Meet with your lawyer
Once you have decided on a lawyer to work with, it is time to meet them. During your first meeting, you should clarify some important points such as the extent of services, pricining, and communication methods. You can meet with several lawyers to evaluate who you feel most comfortable speaking and working with.
7. Settle on an agreement with your lawyer
After deciding on a lawyer, you will need to sign an agreement to solidify your working relationship. Make sure to read this document carefully so that you are receiving the services that you need.
Be sure to follow the above seven steps to choose the right lawyer for you!