In the present scenario, it is always best to seek the advice and help of an attorney when you come across a legal issue which you feel difficult to handle alone. Once you have decided to hire one, next step is to find the right attorney. The first and most easily available source of search is yellow pages lying next to you. There you will find the listing of lawyers under different categories of specialization. From the list you can short list a set of attorneys and try to do a search on them to pick and choose the best out of it.
The search should cover the below mentioned points;
Whether he does have sufficient amount of experience in the field of your requirement or not.
The attorney’s style and presentation is appropriate to resolve your legal issues.
It is most important how well he/she communicates with you during your first meeting itself.
You analyze if that particular
attorney will impart enough time to your case.
You will get to know all these information, if you have a personal interaction with the concerned attorney. Fist step to reach there is to list out your needs and be specific on them. And you can also contact your friends and relatives whether they have ever had similar problems before and whom they consulted with to get it resolved. You can even ask their opinion about the attorney you have shortlisted. You can even enquire with the people who are working in the similar fields such as accountants, bankers, politicians etc. They may be in a better position to help you out because they might have contacted him/her for some reason or the other. For e.g. you can contact real estate agents or builders, if you are in search of a real estate attorney. So contact people in the similar business would be able to help you reach the best lawyer in that segment.
Other resources for attorney search:
State Bar Association is the best contact point where you will get all relevant data about the attorney.There are some agencies which can provide you attorneys list with all other relevant information such as area of specialization etc. But make sure that you contact the right agency because there are so many fake people who pretend to be authorized ones.
Internet is another reliable attorney search source wherein the attorneys list and details are available. You can use search engines to reach the best site. There are some websites having a Q&A section. You can effectively use it to get all your basic doubts clarified. And if you are satisfied with the answers, you can select the best attorney out of it.
Once your search is over, you can take an appointment with the prospective lawyer for q personal interview. Most of them will give you 30 minuets time for the interview wherein you can ask them your queries that you have already listed out. You can discuss with you attorney the details of your case and once you are convinced with his answers and if you feel that he /she shows personal interest in your case, you can well hire him .During your first meeting itself, you can have a clarity on his/her fee structure and the mode of payment also.
Once all the above mentioned steps are over, your attorney search can be considered as effective and successful.