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You need the services of a good lawyer, but you’re afraid. You don’t want to hire a lawyer who will spoil your good case. And you’re scared of lawyers who will exploit you and leave you with more scores to settle. There are great qualities you should look out for in any lawyer you want to hire.
Academic qualifications or educational attainment does not determine a good lawyer. That a lawyer is genuine is not a guaranty he will handle your work perfectly.
In this post, I will walk you through six ways to do away with every fear you encounter each time you want to hire a lawyer.
And you will learn some invisible qualities of a good lawyer like positive personality trait, good professional trait . . .
The essence of this post is to armed you with vital information, so you won’t sheepishly hire any lawyer because you’re in desperate need of legal help.
Here are the safest simplest ways to know a good lawyer.
1. Personality Trait
There are positive personality traits good lawyers possess. While searching for a lawyer, you should have at the back of mind that the proposed lawyer must have these personality traits.
A positive, good personality trait is what every good lawyer acquire and develop over time. And it can be developed through painstaking commitment towards behavioural and character adjustment.
A behavioural pattern like openness, self-discipline, empathy should guide you in choosing a lawyer.
A good lawyer, who is open-minded, will tell you frankly all the legal issues in your case. He will not hide anything just to take advantage of you, and he won’t overrate minor legal issues to exploit you.
If you consult a good lawyer and narrate your story to him, he is usually empathetic. He shows concern even before stating his legal fees. That’s a personality trait that makes lawyer do their jobs most times without charging their clients.
Let’s assume you visited a lawyer for legal advice. And after stating you legal challenges, he comes up with issues that are unconnected with what you need help for. Or through-out the conversation he kept talking about the cost of his services and his fees alone, you should know that he is not a good fit for the job.
2. Professional Trait.
Every profession has its own unique, peculiar qualities which guide the practitioners. The same applies to law and lawyers.
Good lawyers have some professional trait-like timely response to clients’ needs, proper management of clients’ account, presenting clients’ case objectively …
A professional trait is mandatory for all lawyers. It’s not only essential, it greatest part of the rules of the professional conduct of legal practitioners. Lawyers take it seriously because is governs mostly their relationship with their clients.
You should look out for these professional traits in the lawyer you want to hire mostly at the early stage of the contract.
I’ve seen clients who hire lawyers because they have appealing offices and soothing communication skill. And they end up hiring lawyers with enormous bad records.
Most lawyers, who have a negative professional trait, trifle with their clients’ briefs, while some mismanage their clients’ monies and accounts. Don’t be the next victim. Dig around for a lawyer with great professional attributes.
3. Fees Arrangement
One of the distinctive qualities of a good lawyer is smooth fees arrangement. A good lawyer usually has a written, automated, and organize fees pattern for his clients in line with the order of fees in the rules of professional conduct.
There are three basic types of attorney compensation arrangements–contingency fee, hourly fee, and flat fee.
Most lawyers don’t have streamlined fee arrangement. They charge clients haphazardly, and they don’t border to know the commensurate fees other lawyers charge.
But a good lawyer will show you his fee arrangement and tell you the adequate fee pattern for your case. He does not choose his fee and coerce you to accept it.
Often, clients complain they are being overcharged by their lawyers. Their lawyers told them to pay just what they have for a start. And after some time, demand for more fees, on and on till they milk them dry. A good lawyer doesn’t charge that way. They don’t mind how you feel, they will tell you their fees off- front.
If you are not convinced about a lawyer’s fee at the earliest time of your contract with him, you might have a fee problem later.
Before you conclude in your heart to hire a particular lawyer, you must have seen the work he has done. Or somebody must have referred you to him. That’s what network is all about.
Fine lawyers don’t handle their network and reputation casually. They avoid acts or briefs that will undermine their reputation or jeopardize their network. So they have an outstanding reputation and pro-active network.
If you ask up to 10 lawyers practising in your region about the services of a proposed lawyer and you don’t get a positive answer. It’s an indication that the lawyer is either not marketing his practice well, or that he is not a reputable lawyer.
If you want to hire a lawyer online, one prominent place to assess his reputation or network is in Linkedin. There you will see and weigh the number of recommendations the said lawyer had received from his past clients or visitors
5. Your Opinion
Honest lawyers value their clients’ opinion. They don’t do everything base on their knowledge and understanding. They respect their clients’ inputs.
As a non- lawyers, your opinion in resolving the legal issue involved in your case may not be vital. But, it counts.
Great lawyers don’t underrate the opinion of their clients. However, they don’t apply their clients’ opinion where they are not necessary.
Occasionally, clients bring up ideas, suggestions or documents which they think will help their case. But, careless lawyers ignore them. They want to contribute to making sure they get a victory, but they are often shut-out. If they try to be pushy, most times, they get into the nerves of their lawyers.
That is not the way good lawyers treat their clients’ opinion. Good lawyers will want their clients to feel good, not just at the first interview, but on every step of the way.
Another vital factor you should watch out for in any proposed lawyer is the requisite skills. This is because some incompetent lawyers can still respect your opinion as long as they are ripping you off.
Some notable skills like analytical skill, research skill, and communication skill are what make a lawyer stand out of the rivers of other lawyers in your town. See Worst Speech Mannerism For Lawyers.
You need to ask yourself these questions after your first interview with a lawyer:
- How fast was he able to analyze the facts of your case and deduce the issue involved?
- How appealing is his advice, and how correct is his grammar?
- What system of practice does he operate on? Is it data-driven or analogue?
Finally, whether you were held back, before now, by your self-invented fear, or you have seen someone who had suffered in the hands of bad lawyers in the past. You don’t have to be afraid of hiring a lawyer for your legal matters.
I’ve stated things you should look-out for in any lawyer you what to hire. But, It is not a one-size-fits-all guide. You may still like my post: Before you Hire a lawyer 8 Factors You Should look for
Disclaimer: what I’ve stated in this post is basically what I gathered for this post. It’s not made to offer legal advice of any kind or to promote any lawyer.