How do you know if a lawyer is good?

That’s a pretty common question.

Just to preface, I’ve spent A LOT of time navigating the legal system on my own trying to find the perfect lawyer… And it was an absolute nightmare.

Currently, I’m helping individuals and businesses get legal stuff done quickly and efficiently with http://www.lawtrades.com.

Okay, now that we have some credibility out of the way, let’s get it on.

I’ve got 3 things I really like about lawyers (and what makes lawyers successful)… it might help you to read them simply because they come down from a regular persons point of view.

1) Professional Chemistry

– Professional chemistry matters. So find legal representation through someone that you actually can see yourself getting along with. If you cringe each time your lawyers number shows up on your cell phone, then you probably have the wrong lawyer.

– Input from friends and family are great but sometimes can be unreliable. Your own opinion matters a lot. While expertise and years of experience are important, if you don’t feel comfortable with person, or can’t envision yourself having confidential conversations with them, then you should probably pass on them.

2) Price and Quality

– A good lawyer should have an eclectic background and the skills to alleviate the everyday stressors you face. He/she should have an understanding of your needs and strategize to mitigate risk intelligently and always from a cost-benefit perspective.

– Always remember that a highly efficient $300/hour lawyer will end up costing less than a $150/hour inefficient lawyer.

– You hire a person, not a firm. You may retain the finest firm in the land but every firm has great lawyers, good lawyers and some that are neither. You only get the lawyer you hire.

– It’s important to understand your lawyer’s fee structure. Hourly rates continue to be the most common way to bill and are still the best measure for certain types of matters. But clients should also explore alternatives such as fixed, capped, contingent, hybrid and premium-based fee arrangements.

3) Network/Connections

– It’s always nice to meet lawyers who is already well rooted in your community! They may be more familiar with locals laws and provide you with warm introductions to the right people.

Finding a lawyer that works for you is not easy but I think with this framework, you’ll have a better sense of who you should ultimately choose.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out directly if I can answer any further questions. Our goal here at LawTrades is to help people find a lawyer they’ll love!