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5 Things To Consider Before Hiring An Attorney

While you think you may never need an attorney, there may come a time when you're going through a legal situation. No matter the situation, it's a good idea to have an experienced attorney on your side who understands that specific area of law. While there are many qualified attorneys out there, you want to make sure that you choose one that will be a good fit for your case and situation. Here are some things to consider before hiring an attorney, no matter the legal situation: 

Comfort Level

You should feel comfortable when working with your attorney of choice. When you're going through a difficult legal situation, the last thing you want to do is to feel uneasy about their guidance, Your attorney should make you feel comfortable and they should be good at communicating.

Choose an Attorney Who Focuses on Your Area of Law

Not all attorneys will be able to best help you in every legal situation. You want to make sure that you seek out an attorney who focuses on your area of law. For example, a divorce attorney or family law attorney can help with issues like divorce, child custody, child support, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. You want to hire someone who can help you with your situation. 

Understand Their Fee Structure

Not all attorneys have the same fees or ways of billing their clients. Some may bill by the hour and others charge a percentage based on whether they win your case or not. The important thing to do is make sure that you understand all fees ahead of time. Your attorney should have a clear, and easy-to-understand fee structure.

Ask About Their Track Record

You want to hire an attorney who is successful at what they do. When speaking with potential attorneys, be sure to ask about their track record of success. You can also check to see how long they've been practicing in that area of law.

Read Reviews and Check with Your State's Bar Association 

You want an honest, reliable attorney on your side. Be sure to look into reviews and also check with your state's bar association to see if a potential attorney has any misconduct issues or complaints.

With these considerations in mind, you can choose an attorney who will be able to help you through your legal situation. If you're not sure who to hire yet, be sure to reach out to several attorneys, such as those at Johnson/Turner Legal, to compare their offerings, experience, and professionalism.