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How to Choose the Right Attorney

Posted on December 27, 2017 by Chris Kirker

1. Research
Many online resources are available to the public. Several websites, like Avvo, display attorney ratings, and attorney practice areas. You can also explore the “Find a Lawyer” feature on the State Bar of Texas website to search for attorneys with specific certifications and services. Searching through this information will help you better assess the type of counsel and representation you need.

2. Inquire
Do you have a close friend or family member who has shared a similar experience with you? Perhaps someone you feel comfortable speaking with is open to discuss their first-hand experience with a particular lawyer’s style and approach. However, it is important to be mindful that every case involves different facts, parties, opposing counsel, and likely a different judge. Have realistic expectations, and do not assume that your case will have the same result as another.

3. Request a Meeting
Even if an attorney has impressive credentials and comes highly recommended, request a meeting with the attorney before you retain services. As with all relationships, it is important that you and your new attorney are able to feel comfortable communicating with each other. If you are unable to meet in person and need to retain counsel quickly, ask if the attorney is available for a phone call prior to signing a contract. Become acquainted and get a sense of whether or not the professional relationship is one you are interested in further pursuing.

4. Do Not Delay
While the above steps will help guide you through your search for the right attorney, it is also critical to be mindful of pending answer deadlines, the applicable statute of limitations, and other significant dates applicable to your case.

For more information please visit our Divorce Lawyers at Kirker Davis LLP.

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