Naturally we all hope that we will never be in need of a lawyer, but when that time does come, should it ever, it is vital that you understand exactly how to get the best lawyer for you. Two years ago I found myself in need of a lawyer and thankfully I had a good friend who had connections to the best Sydney criminal lawyers in the city. I understand that not everyone has a ‘friend’ like that and so if you find yourself in need of a lawyer, for any situation, here is how to get in touch with the best.
Highlight Your Needs
The first step in finding the right lawyer for you is to understand what kind of lawyer it is that you are looking for. Whilst many lawyers will have a wide understanding of many aspects of the law, a specialist is always the best bet. With this in mind, make sure that you are looking for the right lawyers for your situation.
Local Bar Association
The first place to start compiling your list of possible law firms is to contact the local bar association. Simply state where you are and the bar association will be able to give you a list of licensed law firms which are operating in your local area.
Friends and Family
If you have any friends or family who have had a similar situation to the one which you are going through, get in touch with them to see if they would recommend the same law firm that they used. This is usually a good option for common situations such as divorce.
With the list that you get from the bar association, and potentially from any friends or members of your family, you should head online. The key here is to gradually whittle down your choices until you have a select few to choose from. Search each practice near you and see what other clients have said about them. You cannot always rely on reviews wholeheartedly as everyone’s needs are different, you can however use this as a good guide in helping you find the right lawyer for you.
Review The List
After collecting the list and finding out a little more about each name on it, you should sift through it and make notes for each one, positive and negative. Once you have completed this task you can start making a final list of suitable law firms.
The final step is to make appointments at three or four of the law firms which you have been researching. During each meeting you need to make sure that the lawyer is not only giving you confidence in what they can do for you, but also that you feel comfortable around them, and that they will have your best interests at heart.
Follow these straight forward steps and you can ensure that you get the right lawyer for you, whatever the situation.