Follow this checklist to find a good lawyer

 

There will more than likely be a time when you are going to need a lawyer, even for something as simple as helping you write your will. But do you know where to start? There is a checklist you should follow when it comes to finding a good lawyer. First of all, you should research like you would for any other professional help. Though, you need to take it further than just grabbing the phone book or calling the number on an advertisement you have seen. Nolo.com suggests you...

Go after personal referrals, whether they are from friends or co-workers who have already been through a similar legal situation. Get a recommendation, and at the least, a list of some attorneys to avoid.

Then go online and read reviews there. You will get a taste of the good and the bad, when it comes to testimonials. Check with the sites Martindale and BestLawyers to read the feedback.

Interview several before you make your decision. Since general consultations are typically free, it should be no problem to talk to more than one.

Know what you are facing and ask about experience, which is incredibly important. After all, you want to make sure the attorney has dealt with your situation plenty times before.

Check to see if any actions have been taken against a lawyer in which you are interested. The American Bar Association has a contact list that allows you to research any disciplinary history.

Click here for the American Bar Association's Directory of Lawyer Disciplinary Agencies.

Click here for the Georgia Legal Aid to find legal help at no cost.

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