A lawyer by any Other Name
Well right off the bat you’re going to have to decide what kind of lawyer you need. You might think that a lawyer is a lawyer but that is not necessarily the case. Most lawyers specialize in something so you have to figure out what your ‘something’ is. The areas of specialization when it comes to lawyers are: intellectual property; products and services; government; general finance and bankruptcy; estates, trusts and wills; disability, health or injury; immigration; business; housing and real estate; police and criminal law; employment or jobs; family (which sadly includes divorce). Once that’s out of the way we can get down to brass tacks.
Lawyers to Stay Away from
There are certain lawyers that you want to be sure to steer clear of; any one of these should send up red flags. Avoid any lawyer who: says this is a slam dunk case; is too wrapped up in other cases to have time for you; won’t fill you in on forms or procedures they’re using; won’t settle on the specific fee ahead of time; tries to change the fees; won’t offer references; and for goodness sake don’t go for a lawyer who says that they handle everything listed above in the previous paragraph. That’s a “jack of all trades”; and whereas that may come in handy when you’re revamping your home or apartment, it’s not who you want representing you in a court of law.
Lawyers are a crafty bunch; they have to be. They have to deal with our legal system, which in and of itself is as confusing as it is inefficient.