Asking friends, family and colleagues for referrals is a good place to start but you need more to make a final, correct decision. Imagine you are looking for someone on Craigslist or Match.com. You would want to know their likes and dislikes. Same thing with a lawyer. Find out how they like to conduct business. The following questions will give you a starting point to determine what you are looking for in a lawyer. The complete protocol is available in Be A Smart Client.
Do you feel more comfortable with a man or a woman? ______________
Prefer a younger or older attorney? ______________
How far are you willing to travel for appointments? ______________
How do you prefer to communicate – telephone, text or e-mail? ______________
How involved do you want to be with your case? ______________
Narrow Your Choices
Once you have found some who fit your personal choices, narrow down the contenders by asking:
- Do you have experience with my type of case? Approximately how many cases?
- If so, how successful were you?
- What is your main field of expertise?
- Do you have time to devote to my case?
- What is your Attorney Registration Number? (This can be used to check their background on the state bar website.)
For the complete questionnaire, get your copy of Be A Smart Client here.