Finding an attorney can be daunting and very stressful. Make the wrong decision and you can end up paying for it for years to come, mentally and financially. When you start looking for an attorney, it's important that you understand what your main goals are. Set up meetings with multiple attorneys may be a good idea in order to find a good fit. And before meeting with any attorney, write out a list of questions. You can probably tell pretty quickly whether the attorney is a good fit for you.
Some important questions to ask are:
- What type of fee agreements does the attorney offer? Payment plans?
- How much experience does the attorney have in this field? Previous successes with respect to your issue?
- Can you continue using this attorney for additional legal needs in the future, should the need arise?
- Does the attorney have relationships with other attorneys that practice other types of law?
Always ask for an honest opinion, which is especially important for litigation matters. You don't want an attorney who oversells their offerings or the strengths of your case. Honesty upfront can save a lot of heartache later on down the road. When you do decide on an attorney, make sure you get a signed engagement letter and that you fully understand all of the terms of your agreement with the attorney.