Tips on Hiring a Lawyer and Working with Lawyers
At Real Life Legal™, we want you to understand something well enough to decide when you need a lawyer, and what to expect with or without one.
It’s as simple as that.
Fear of Lawyers?
People are often afraid to seek legal help because they’re:
- Embarrassed or ashamed of the jam they’re in.
- Concerned about looking foolish or stupid or being vulnerable.
- Not sure they’ll know if the lawyer is qualified.
- Afraid of what a lawyer will cost.
Put these concerns aside because the right lawyer is your ally and advocate.
To hire a lawyer who is right for you:
- Check out his/her experience with your precise concerns.
- Verify that the lawyer is licensed.
- Consider personal recommendations.
- Check complaints with the bar association or state licensing authority.
- Read online information including background and testimonials.
- Inquire about fees and fee arrangements.
- Assess availability to work and return phone calls, etc.
You must always hire a lawyer if you are:
- Placed under arrest.
- Served papers in a lawsuit.
- Involved in a serious accident.
- Changing family status in connection with death, divorce or adoption.
- Experiencing bankruptcy, foreclosure.
- Served with tax notices (or you can consult a CPA).
If you can’t afford a lawyer, many local bar associations provide counsel at low or no cost. You may also get the help you need from a non-profit group that serves people with the type of issue you are facing.