Approximately 68 million people in the U.S. are currently living with a criminal record, which means at some point they may need an attorney. No matter the legal situation, it’s important to have a compassionate lawyer who genuinely cares about winning your case.
Despite the importance of finding a highly respected lawyer who will work hard for you, many people fall into the same rut over and over again. To ensure you don’t fall into that rut, here are a few mistakes you should avoid making in your search for a caring lawyer.
Believing the Hype
There’s no question that those law firms that can afford television ads or the radio jingles you hear all the time might be the first law firms that pop into your mind when looking for a lawyer who will work hard for you. Despite the claims of grandeur on television, the ads are in no way a method to determine how credible the firm is. Don’t believe the hype until you actually speak with a lawyer in person and research their experience.
Bigger Doesn’t Always Mean Better
The old adage that “bigger is better” might hold relevance in other fields, but not law. Just because a law firm is big doesn’t mean they’re going to have compassionate lawyers working with you or that they can handle your case as adeptly as an independent lawyer would. If you want personal attention given to your case, you’re better off at a smaller firm.
Not Asking Questions
There’s no such thing as an irrelevant question, especially if this is your first time searching for a lawyer. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is failing to ask any questions that come to mind. If you’re uncertain, ask about it. Communication is key to collaborating with lawyers.
Using Cost as a Determining Factor
Just as bigger doesn’t mean better, more expensive doesn’t mean more results. Cost should definitely be on your radar, but it shouldn’t be what deters you or propels you in hiring a reputable lawyer. In any case, you should be seeking the highest level of legal representation for your case.
Looking for a great lawyer can be tough, but as long as you’re aware of these critical mistakes and know how to avoid them, you should be on the path to hiring a great lawyer to represent you.