When looking for an attorney many people wonder how they can decide which one is right for them and their specific case. If you’re interviewing a lot of different attorneys, what are the signs that you can look for to help you pick the best attorney you?
I always suggest asking yourself the following questions:
- How do you relate to them?
- How do they make you feel?
- Is this somebody you trust dealing with?
- Is it somebody you can open up to?
- Is this someone you want to spend a significant amount of time with?
When you are hiring an attorney – and a lot of people don’t understand this – your problem is probably not going to get solved overnight. There is a good chance it’s probably not even going to get solved in the next week or month. You’re in this for the long run. This person is likely going to be a major part of your life for probably at least the next year or so.
You’ll also need to understand that this is going to be a serious relationship. So, when I say you need to be comfortable with them, one of the big parts there is you need to be comfortable in that you trust that person to do his job, because you’re not going to be able to communicate with them every day. I always try to get back to my client when they call me the same day, but sometimes you just can’t, and sometimes it’ll be a few days before an attorney is able to get back to you.
You have to be comfortable with them in that regard and you need to feel comfortable that they’re able to do their job. It’s not going to be a true partnership in the sense that you’re checking in with them every day. You have to go on with your life and you have to go on with your business and you have to give this really serious situation, really important situation to this person you’ve met a few times and let them go with it and let them deal with it for you.