How can I choose the right lawyer?

If you need legal assistance in Florida, finding the right lawyer is crucial. However, when faced with a multitude of choices you may feel overwhelmed, which can result in you choosing an attorney that doesn’t keep your best interests in mind. In this case, AmericanBar.org offers the following advice to people currently searching for a skilled and reliable attorney.

What Qualities to Look For

In terms of practical considerations, you want to make sure your lawyer has a sufficient amount of experience in the area of law you need help with. This can be determined by the number of cases a firm has dealt with in a specific area, such as family law or personal injury. You also want to consider how you’ll be required to pay for services (many firms utilize hourly fees or request payment on a contingency basis). Lastly, it’s important that you’re comfortable with your lawyer, as you’ll need to communicate openly and honestly with this person.

The Importance of Research

There are a few different ways you can seek out legal help. Asking friends and family for recommendations is a good method, as you’re sure to get an accurate take on the quality of legal services provided. You can also look at online review sites, where past clients can provide information on their experience with a specific attorney. You can also look at ads (although be wary about believing everything you read on any particular ad).

What to Do When Money Is an Issue

If you’re concerned about being able to pay for an attorney, you have a few options. You may be eligible for a legal aid program, which can offer legal services for free or for a small fee. Federal assistance may also be available, and if you’re facing criminal charges you have the right to be represented by a court-appointed lawyer. Keep in mind that legal help isn't guaranteed for civil cases. 

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