Eeny Meeny Miney Moe? - Taking the Guesswork Out of Choosing an Attorney

May 2, 2007

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Gina M. Barry, Esquire

Choosing an attorney to represent you in any legal matter can be an especially daunting task. Should you rely on advertising you might have seen in the local media or is there a better way to ensure that the attorney you choose is right for you and your particular legal matter? Certainly, many factors should be considered.

Initially, you will want to conduct some research. Here, the internet and local bar associations can be particularly useful resources. You should seek an attorney who specializes in the area of law that surrounds your particular legal matter. If you are looking to establish an estate plan, you should choose an estate planning specialist. If you are divorcing your spouse, you should choose a family law specialist.

Often times, experts in their field are asked to publish articles in various publications, to speak at various forums or to teach at educational institutions or seminars. Look for these accomplishments on the attorney's professional resume, in addition to reviewing the attorney's basic academic credentials.

Once you have narrowed the field of candidates to attorneys specializing in that particular area of law, you should inquire as to whether the attorney has handled cases with legal issues similar to yours.

Experience is a great teacher, and an attorney who has handled numerous cases with similar issues will be better able to address your legal issues efficiently and effectively. Also, depending on the type of case, it may be important that the attorney possess superior mediation and/or litigation skills, and you should inquire as to the attorney's experience in these areas if applicable.

When meeting with an attorney that you may potentially hire, you should pay attention...

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by: Gina M. Barry, Esquire

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April 2007

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