Virtually every aspect of life is unpredictable, at best. You never know what will change from day to day, and when you find yourself involved in a legal dispute, you may not know who would best represent you.

Many situations require legal guidance, but, unfortunately, some attorneys may try to pressure you into retaining their services, despite what they have to offer. However, if you need counsel, there are some things you may want to consider before you make a choice.

Five questions you might ask a potential attorney

When you must entrust your legal matters to a firm, it is natural to choose one who meets the criteria that are important to you. You might also base your decision, at least in part, on how comfortable you feel while talking with a potential attorney.

Before retaining counsel, you might ask:

  • Could you share references from some of your previous clients?
  • What is your level of experience handling this type of legal matter?
  • Who will respond to my questions and concerns?
  • How often do you bill, and are payment plans available?
  • Do you think I will be able to win my case?

Regardless of a lawyer’s success rate or how many years of experience they have, you may end up basing your decision on personality. Finding someone who is willing and able to fight for your best interests is one thing, combining that with the compassion necessary to help you remain confident until you reach a favorable resolution may be of equal importance.

As you think about finding someone to represent you, determine what your goals are and how you would prefer to have your matter settled. Being able to identify and communicate what you want may be imperative in finding an attorney you believe will help you get the results you desire in your case.