Yes, this is a famous movie sentence that main caracters yeal in the face of police officers, before they get cigarretes out of pocket and sit in deaf room with unbreakable glass, with their lawyer, with a lot of smoke inside.

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But have you ever though, what would you do if there comes some bad situation which put you in that stage of contacting your lawyer? Do you even have your lawyer? That person to contact, if you find yourself in an unexpected legal situations that seems to have bad outcome for you, must be in your phonebook for just in case.

So, are you familiar how to find good lawyer?

First of all, you start with contacting your employer. You should ask your employer if he offers discounted legal services through employee assistance program (EAP). It can be  a great resource to get basic legal documents at a reasonable cost, or to see if it is worth taking the next step in a more complicated situation. For example, if your EAP offers a free hour of legal consultation, you can use that time to figure out if there is an easy way to get out of trouble, or to see if you have a valid legal claim to file a lawsuit, before hiring a more expensive attorney.

Once you are ready to hire an attorney, your next step is to ask family members, friends, your work colleagues etc. for recommendations. Lawyers that somebody of them knows might be useful even if they practice outside of area you are in, because lawyers are in tend to know other lawyers, and most importantly, which ones are most reputable. After all, very much of their career success depends on that unofficial relationships since almost all their business comes from referrals.

Now, when you found some prospects, do not just hire one attorney because they happen to be first on the list, or it has nice name, or something like that. Chosing the wrong attorney can end up costing you a lot of money and time, so it is recommended to interview a few of them, at least 3. You should make sure that the attorneys actually offer the service you are looking for. When it comes to interview, you should prepare a set of questions that will help you decide which one is the best for you. You cam make interviews more like competition between them, and hire the one who adroits better.

 

For instance, you can ask them these questions, and compare answers they have given, it will surely be helpfull.

  1. Are you going to work with me personaly? – You don’t want to find an attorney you really like only to discover that you’re handed off to a junior associate of him.
  2. Do you have any credentials? – This question is to find out if he has a specialization in some law area. It could be useful if it is your problem area, e.g. tax law.
  3. Is there any question that you want to ask me? – Every good attorney will be focused on your situation and needs, rather than his own. So, if he doesn’t have any question, it might be that he is not very patient for you.