How to Tell if a Lawyer is Right for You

By: Andrew Greg

Choosing the right lawyer is highly important if you find yourself being summoned to court. This is a highly stressful and scary process and one that most of us will have little experience in. Getting the right lawyer can help us to better understand what to expect, while at the same time having a better plan and the right representation.

Having any lawyer really won't do though, as every lawyer is very different in terms of their specific skills and areas of expertise, and because you also need a lawyer who is going to get on well with you and who you will feel you can trust. Here is how you can tell early on whether or not the lawyer you're talking to is that person.

Talk on the Phone

The first thing you should do when deciding whether or not to go with a particular lawyer is to call them. Speaking on the phone you can ascertain much more about someone than you can simply by reading their case history and their write up, and immediately you'll get more of an idea of whether your personalities mesh or not.

This is also a good opportunity to get an idea as to how they like to operate, and what ideas they have for helping your case. You should be able to get a free consultation of sorts when you chat on the phone, so take this opportunity to ascertain whether they seem like they know what they're doing and whether you're comfortable with their plan. It's important to be on the same page.

Skill and Knowledge

Of course just having someone who you can get on with as a mate isn't quite good enough for choosing a lawyer - you also need someone who is going to be useful in the courtroom and this means finding a lawyer who is smart, talented and well versed in the particular area of the law pertaining to you.

When you chat with them you should be able to get an idea as to how eloquent and knowledgeable they are, but it can also help to look for their qualifications and for their experience and whether these things put them ahead of the competition. Likewise you should also look into whether they are right for your particular case - so if they specialize in this topic or have particularly relevant experience then that might be even more useful.


Another thing to look for in a lawyer is whether they're going to work hard and take the case seriously. While every lawyer should recognize how important this is for you, some will of course be more helpful than others when it comes to putting in time and going the extra mile. When you chat with them see if they suggest practising together, and if they're eager to book time in to see you. If they're evasive and hard to pin down at this early stage on the other hand, you might want to keep on looking.

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