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What to Consider when Choosing a Lawyer

Lawyer Ann Arbor

By: Natalie Lennon

Choosing the right lawyer for your situation and needs is extremely important. You may be asking yourself, “What kinds of things should I consider?”

Whether you’re looking for help dealing with a legal issue, estate planning, going through a divorce or starting a business, here are some key factors to consider when selecting a lawyer:

  1. Location- One of the first things to consider is location. Where is the firm’s located? 
  2. Do your research! Go online. Talk to your friends and neighbors and ask who they’d recommend. Most people have to interact with the law at one time or another so maybe they have a recommendation. Ask people in your area who they’ve used and liked. Look at ratings on Google. Reputation matters!
  3. Look for areas of law or specialty. Lawyers usually have a primary area of focus like estate planning, civil litigation, and domestic relations matters. Ensure you retain an attorney who understands your situation's legal process and is an expert in that particular area of law. 
  4. Short-term or Long term representation – Do you need a lawyer on retainer? Do you have a short-term lawsuit? You need to determine whether you need continuing or short-term representation. Drafting documents involves a few interactions with a lawyer, whereas a civil suit can require years of contact.
  5. Do they offer a free consultation? Many lawyers will not charge for an initial consultation. Make an appointment to explain your issue and see if you feel comfortable with the lawyer or lawyers you’ll be working with. A good connection is crucial for success. Ask potential lawyers questions to determine your compatibility.
  6. What does the lawyer charge per hour, and how do they handle fees? How big is the firm? Will other lawyers be working on your case? What does the firms staffing situation look like? Can other employees work on your file at a discounted rate, saving you money?
  7. What are your expectations? Make sure you discuss your expectations with your attorney so you can avoid any miscommunication. Ask if they have time to take on your case immediately and if they have time to devote to it. How much communication are you expecting to receive from your lawyer? Is your case civil, where frequent contact is required? Do you prefer phone calls or emails? You and your lawyer should have a mutual understanding of what communication will look like throughout your case.
  8. Ask questions. Lawyers understand making this choice is significant, financially and often emotionally. They should be willing to work with you to help meet your needs and determine what actions will lead to a positive outcome.

Contact an Expert Attorney in Ann Arbor to Help You!

You can make an informed decision when you follow the above factors when you select an attorney. Finding the right attorney for you may take time, but investing time and effort upfront can increase your chances of having a favorable outcome in your legal manner or at least make the process go smoother.

For more information or to speak with us about your legal issue, please contact our attorneys in Ann Arbor at 734-665-4441. To learn more about Pear Sperling Eggan & Daniels, P.C., or any of our attorneys, please visit learn more about us here.

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