How to Pick a Law Firm
Choosing a law firm to represent you can feel like trying to find the exit in a maze. Instead of going around in circles, there are some things you can do to make sure you don’t waste time or money on the wrong law firm.
Looking at the firm’s experience
If you do some research into the law firm you’re considering, you can often find information that will make you decide whether it’s the right firm for you. While you can ask questions when you contact them, the answers might not reveal everything you need to know as ultimately, the company will want you to hire them to represent you. You can ask them about similar clients, without asking for confidential details of course, but they may not give you enough information to make an informed choice.
By looking online, you may find their other cases, or clients they have represented and get a better idea of their success rate.
Everyone has an opinion, and with the increased availability of the internet, most are only too happy to share it. So, if someone has a particularly good or bad experience with a law firm, some research should uncover it online. If they have a Facebook business page, this is a good place to start. Reviews are difficult to get removed from there and can be a glowing recommendation or a stark warning to others.
Areas they specialize in
Even if the law firm has a fantastic reputation, you should also look at the areas they specialize in. For example, if they deal with a lot of child custody cases, but that isn’t what you need their help with, they won’t be a good fit. Having a good reputation in representing clients like you, means they will have in-depth knowledge which will specifically help you.
Individual qualifications and experience
While it helps to find a law firm with combined experience, reputation, and specialist knowledge, you should research the people you will be dealing with. The firm’s reputation is a good sign, as they should only hire highly qualified attorneys. If you’re undecided between several law firms, this can help narrow down your search by showing you which has the most qualified staff.
When you do find a law firm you want to represent you, be prepared for them to be fully booked. Many law firms are overworked and may not be taking on new clients.
Considering the above factors, if more than one law firm matches your requirements, then going for the cheaper firm is an option. Cost should never be the main factor, but when you’re on a budget and the firm ticks all the other boxes, it makes sense to pick the one which offers better value. If you can get the same high-quality representation you need at a better price, then paying more has no real advantages.
Legal representation is a big expense, so it’s important to take the time to research before making any commitment. If you’re well informed before choosing a law firm, you will get the most qualified professionals with experience which is relevant to you.
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