10 Ways To Identify If Your Lawyer Is Right For You


An ideal lawyer will not just have a string of impressive credentials or gold lettering on his door. They will be caring, concerned, and devoted to their work. You need to think carefully before laying your trust in a lawyer. After all, in some cases, your life, future, money or property will be in their hands.

Apart from doing extensive research to develop a short list of possible lawyers, you must ensure that there is no conflict of interest, that you understand everything the retainer agreement states, and that you have checked the references and details regarding the practice.

You will know the lawyer you have chosen is a good fit if:

1. They make an effort to spend time to understand your case. They go through the facts of your case and have a good understanding of how to go about winning your case.

2. From experience and knowledge, They will know what is relevant and what is not. They will set aside and ignore irrelevant facts, opinions, and personal emotions that cloud the case on hand.

3. They will insist that the footwork for the case be done thoroughly. All facts must be checked for accuracy and solid arguments jotted down with backing of earlier rulings.

4. They will not just focus on the problem at hand but examine the problem from all sides. This will create a complete picture highlighting all factors of relevance and the different ways one can approach the case.

5. They will use foresight and anticipate moves by the opposition or opinions of the jury or judge and plan way ahead. Like a master chess player, they will plan the case not by the day but by many hearings ahead.

6. They will not waste time beating around the bush or create verbose statements with many words strung together (which look impressive but mean nothing). They will insist that the case and its arguments be clearly stated.

7. They will be self-disciplined, thorough, self confident and courteous at all times. They will respect you as well as all the staff who work for them.

8. They are recommended by not just his friends and relatives but by other professionals of good standing and from his field.

9. They will not just present to you their victories but be happy to tell you why and how they lost previous cases.

10. They will lay the cards on the table and tell you clearly whether your case stands to win or lose. They will not claim that winning is guaranteed. They will be honest and upfront about their opinions and advice.

The bottom line is that the lawyer must be worthy of your trust. Use your inborn instincts and don’t go by the lawyers good looks or fancy car or office. After all it is competence in law and in court that is of essence to you.