When you’re dealing with a legal issue, whether it’s related to a personal matter or the health of your business, you want to work with an attorney who takes the time to understand your situation and concerns — and then develops a strategy that best meets your specific needs.
Ideally, you would be able to form a long-term relationship with your attorney. He or she should be someone you trust to handle your issue, whether you need a one-time consultation or require ongoing counsel.
The good news is that most attorneys are nowhere near as stuffy and intimidating as they’re portrayed on TV and in the movies. And when you find the right professional, you’ll be able to form a positive, long-term relationship.
To start, there are a few common attributes you should look for in your potential attorney:
As you begin your search, ask your family members and friends who they have used for legal counsel in the past and to share their experience. You should also look online for reviews. Narrow your search to a few firms and set up an initial meeting. In many cases, law firms offer free initial consultations, so you can get a feel for the type of service you would receive before making a commitment.
During this first meeting, ask questions and take notes. Good questions to ask include the following:
This process can take some time and you may need to meet with several attorneys before you find the right fit for your needs. By considering your specific situation and how you would like your relationship to work, you can make finding your next attorney easier and more efficient.
Lummis, Lloyd & Barkley is a full-service, general practice law firm committed to providing compassionate advocacy to their clients. Call today to schedule your free consultation at 715-341-3170.