Updated: Oct 8
Successful legal representations require efforts from both the attorneys and clients. There are many attorneys out there and it is important that you choose one that matches your situation. I am saying match your situation because each case and each client is different. No two leaves are alike. For example, in divorce/ dissolution of marriage cases, everybody is getting a divorce, but not everybody is looking for the same things out of a divorce. Some want custody. Some want marital assets. Some want the wedding photos. Some want to divide the 401k or IRA accounts.
When you look for legal representation, first you need to ask yourself, “what exactly do I need help with?” Try to be as specific as possible. For instance, if you are starting a business, you may need a lawyer to help you draft the formation documents and filing. However, most people start a business because they want it be successful, so you need to figure out how exactly you can raise funds, whether to take a loan, liquidate some assets, who are going to be your potential customers, what are some compliance laws about operating your business. A successful legal representation requires both you and your lawyer spend time to learn about what it is exactly you need help with. You may not know what exactly you need at first. But at least you should have a goal in mind. Based on your goal, a good and experienced lawyer should be able to advise you about the options you have.
Secondly, once you have specific needs in mind, you need to research the lawyer candidates you have in mind by looking at their track records. You can simply search their names in Google and see what comes up. If you know how, you can also research their past cases. You can call the local bar association and ask if there have been any disciplinary actions. Some people may have a law firm in mind without knowing exactly who will be their lawyer. Typically, big law firms have attorney directories on their website, you may be able to read through some attorney’s profile from there.
Finally, a good lawyer is always an ethical lawyer. Ethical lawyers do not advise you about how to commit a crime without getting caught. It is illegal. Ethical lawyers do not over promise you without actual delivery. Ethical lawyers are often long-term thinking lawyers and have good work ethics. Ethical lawyers always involve you in the decision-making process about your case.
In conclusion, the secrets of find a good legal representation start with you understanding what exactly you need help with. Then, research your candidates. And finally, account ethics as an important consideration in selecting your attorneys.