Unless you received a referral from a friend or trusted source, finding an attorney is usually done through a frenzied internet search. However, even when your case requires immediate legal aid, it is extremely important to ask yourself the following questions when finding a lawyer for your legal matter.
1. What do their reviews say?
Client reviews are a huge indicator of the lawyer’s demeanor, professional conduct and quality of legal advice. Additionally, attorneys should be available to review on multiple platforms and lawyer referral services including Google, Facebook, Yelp, Avvo and more.
2. What do they specialize in?
You would not take a Mercedes Benz to a General Motors dealership for repairs. The same goes for your case; it is a good idea search for a lawyer that specializes in your type of legal issue. For a driving under the influence (DUI) case, hire a DUI attorney. Especially for DUIs, it is vital to find a good DUI lawyer experienced in DUI law and DUI defense.
Don’t always go for the “cheapest” option; if a lawyer’s price and promise is too good to be true, it usually is. A good lawyer will lay out the facts of the case with you, their (realistic) expectations and their proposed case strategy.
3. Where do they practice?
When searching for a lawyer, it is important to research where their office is located and how far they are willing to travel. Keep in mind that if your case is being tried “far away” from their office location, an extra mileage cost will be charged.
4. Is their website a hub of information?
In this day and age, website quality is often telling of the quality of the law firm. Is their website filled with relevant blogs, videos and helpful information? Or does it only have a short, salesy biography, contact information and holds outdated information?
Therefore, contacting the former for an initial consultation is your best bet.
5. Are they a reputable, good attorney?
It is not enough to just have a law degree. Perhaps the most important indicator of a good lawyer is their track record, awards/certifications, continuing education and authority in their field. When looking for a lawyer, consider this:
- Do they continue to further their training?
- Are they consulted by the media often?
- Do they have any special distinctions or executive positions with relevant law organizations? (For example, Barton Morris is the current president of the Michigan Association of OWI/DUI Attorneys [MIOWIA].)
- Are they well-known and respected in the court-room?
Your future deserves proper research and evaluation. Follow the tips above to find the best lawyer possible for your case.
Sydney Fairman is the Social Media Marketing Specialist for the Law Offices of Barton Morris and Cannabis Legal Group. While at Central Michigan University, Sydney was an active member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority and held various internships, leadership and part-time positions. These places of employment include the City of Mt. Pleasant, Grand Central Magazine, Mackinac State Historic Parks and WCMU Public Media (PBS). She graduated in May 2018 with a Bachelors Degree in Applied Arts in Integrative Public Relations and minor in Journalism. Sydney comes to us after her first position post-college with Gale, a Cengage Company as a Marketing Associate. She possesses a passion for writing, marketing and graphic design and showcases this on the Law Offices of Barton Morris’ website/social media channels, as well as Cannabis Legal Group’s website/social media channels.