Finding and hiring a good attorney in Sacramento can be daunting. The large number of lawyers and law firms in Sacramento can make deciding even more confusing. Here are a few tips that can help you narrow down your search.
Step 1: Determine the type of attorney that you need This may seem obvious, but if you are looking for an attorney to assist you with business litigation, contacting a criminal attorney is not the best idea. With that being said, if you have an existing relationship with an attorney, it would be a good idea to contact that person and ask for a personal referral. Most attorneys, even those that practice outside of the area of law that you need, are happy to help you find a good lawyer.
Step 2: Identify 2-3 potential choices Once you have narrowed down your practice area, you can search Google, Yelp, or respected attorney directories such as Martindale-Hubbel. Most sites let you search according to geographic location and practice area, which is why Step 1 is so important.
Step 3: Meet with prospective attorneys Once you have narrowed down your options, contact the various attorneys set up a consultation. Some offices may provide you with a free consultation, while others may ask for a modest consultation fee. Do not shy away from an office that asks for a consultation fee: the money spent here could be well worth it. In any event, do not feel compelled to hire the fist attorney that you meet with. Keep your options open.
When preparing to meet with a prospective attorney, make sure that you bring in relevant documents such as contracts, photographs or emails. The attorney that you are meeting with will need to know the facts surrounding your case in order to best help you at this initial stage.
If you think that you have a legal dispute, it is important to meet with a lawyer right away. Do not wait too long or statute of limitations may pass and prevent you from filing a lawsuit.
Step 4: Make your selection Some factors that you should consider when making your decision include:
- Size of the firm. You may want to be represented by a large firm with lots of resources, or you may prefer the individual attention that a smaller firm can offer.
- Fees. Attorneys fees can vary widely. Depending on the type of work that you need, an attorney may charge by the hour, a flat rate, or on contingency (where the client does not pay anything upfront but gives the attorney a percentage of any money won).
- Personal fit. Did you get along with the attorney? Legal disputes are very stressful and require a very good working relationship between attorney and client. Was the attorney good at communicating in a manner that you understood?
- Competence. It is important that your lawyer is familiar with your specific legal problem. If the attorney answers most of your questions with "it depends" or "let me check on that for you," it may mean that the attorney is not familiar with the law relevant to your legal problem.
If you're looking for a lawyer in Sacramento, please call my office to chat. I would like to discuss representation with you. My phone number is (916) 333-2222.