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Things to Know Before Hiring an Attorney

With so many attorneys out there, selecting the right one can feel overwhelming. If you select the wrong lawyer for your case the results can be utterly detrimental. So it’s important to do your homework before finally settling on an attorney. 
Here are some important questions to ask before agreeing to hire any lawyer:

Does the lawyer have experience in the type of law your case is in?

Almost every lawyer has his or her area(s) of specialty. An attorney with decades of business litigation experience is the wrong person to hire for your DUI case. You will want to make sure you find a lawyer who understands your case, your needs as a client and has expertise in the legal matter you’re dealing with.

Who is the lawyer’s typical client?

This is something important to consider. Let’s say you are an individual with a particular legal problem, but the attorney you're meeting with represents only corporations, this will not be the attorney best suited for you and your case.

What alternatives to a lawsuit might be considered?

Litigation, or legal action, is typically the worst-case scenario. Court battles can be lengthy and expensive. In order to avoid a lawsuit, many prefer to try to come to terms and settle their differences outside of court. This should be done very carefully, however. It is best to keep communication with the other party in written form and be sure you have your lawyer look over your e-mails before sending them. 

Become informed.

Before you begin your search for the ideal lawyer for your case, get educated on your particular legal issue. You can visit other help articles on this site, or various other legal sites to get started on your specific legal problem. Learning a little bit about legal jargon, having a better understanding of the issue, and knowing what you as the client will be responsible for will make the process much more efficient. And it could even save you some time and money. 

About the authors: 
Ramey & Flock is one of East Texas’ most trusted and experienced law firms. We represent individuals and businesses and have represented many clients since 1922. We cover employment cases, probate disputes, business litigation, personal injury, intellectual property, oil and gas, and all manner of commercial litigation. Our law firm serves a large area of Northeast Texas. If you need to book a consultation find out how to set up an appointment with us here.


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