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Things to Consider When Hiring a Lawyer

November 13, 2015
Category: General
Tags: choosing a lawyer

So you are looking for a Maryland lawyer? At this point, you have probably exhausted all other means of solving your problem, and consulting a lawyer is the next reasonable step. But how do you find the right lawyer? What do you even look for in a lawyer? Let’s face it, most of us have very little real-life experience with lawyers, so it’s difficult to judge which things are important to consider and which aren’t. To help you out, we’ve put together these useful tips.

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Choose a Lawyer You Can Trust

This is probably the most important criteria for choosing a lawyer. You need to be able to confide in your lawyer if you want him or her to help you. If you don’t feel comfortable sharing certain personal details about your case, then your lawyer won’t be able to do their job effectively (or at all).

How do you know if you can trust a lawyer? There is no sure way to measure trust, but here are a few factors you should consider:

  • Look for an established law firm that has an office, a website and has been around for some time. (We have over 15 years of experience in various law practice areas). You definitely don’t want to hire someone working out of their parents’ basement.
  • Meet with your lawyer in person to make sure they are friendly, helpful and easy to talk to. You will immediately feel whether they are a good fit or not.
  • Make sure your lawyer is capable of explaining complex legal matters in simple words. You shouldn’t feel like you need to consult a dictionary after every meeting. A lawyer who is not communicating clearly may be trying to confuse you on purpose.

Choose an Honest Lawyer

A good lawyer will be candid about the success/failure chances of your case. An honest and knowledgeable lawyer also won’t make any promises or provide guarantees regarding the outcome of your case. If your lawyer sounds overly optimistic or fails to mention any potential risks or problems, he or she is either misguided or trying to get your business at any cost.

You should also be aware of the fact that sometimes a lawyer can refuse to take your case. There could be multiple reasons for this, including, but not limited to:

  • The lawyer is not competent in this specific area of law.
  • The lawyer is overbooked and can’t devote time to a new case.
  • Statute of limitations has passed on your claim.
  • There is a conflict of interest.

It’s better when your lawyer is honest and explains why he or she has to turn your case down. But a great thing is that lawyers know other good lawyers in the area, so even if the lawyer you contacted can’t help you, they may be able to provide a recommendation for someone who will.

If you are looking for a lawyer in the Baltimore, Maryland, area, DRA e-Law is happy to offer our services. Contact us today to request a consultation.

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