How to Find a Top Lawyer

There are many ways to find a reasonable good lawyer in the USA. However finding a “Top” lawyer is something else.

Some suggestions are:

  1. Ask a friend who has had good help from a lawyer.
  2. Ask the opinion of people you respect; - your employer, minister, doctor or a successful business owner.
  3. Ask a lawyer you know to refer you to a lawyer who deals in the area you need help with.
  4. Look for a lawyer through the lawyer referral service.

It’s best to go to someone recommended by another party who is satisfied with the work that had been carried out for them. You need to decide whether you want to hire a lawyer from a large legal firm or from a smaller firm.

Obviously there are for and against in these situations. The larger legal firm means you will have access to specialists in various areas. If you go to a small firm, you will probably get personal attention, but they may not have the resources to handle a complex case, or to attend to your specialist needs.

A medium sized firm, however, may be a happy alternative because you may get personal help as well as sufficient expertise within the firm to handle your requirements. As far as costs are concerned, this will depend on the level of expertise you require. The larger legal firms are generally more expensive, with the smaller firms available at a lower rate.

Some things you can ask the prospect are:

  • Are you experienced in the field I need help in?
  • Have you handled any other cases like mine?
  • Will you be working on the case yourself, or are you working with juniors?
  • What are your professional credentials?
  • Can you give me an idea of the costs involved?
  • Do you have an hourly rate, or do you charge on another basis?
  • Will you be available to me if I need urgent attention?
  • If my needs are beyond your area of expertise, are you able to get help from outside?
  • As far as my case is concerned, what are my prospects of success?
  • How long do you estimate this case might take?
  • Will you keep me updated on the status of the case as well as the ongoing fees?
  • Will you come up with alternative resolutions to this matter?

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