We have already addressed in the previous article the question that many businessmen and individuals have: “Do I really need a lawyer?” If you haven't read it yet, click here and read our article about the importance of a lawyer in certain situations and the advantages and disadvantages of working with and without a professional by your side.
After this step and having chosen a lawyer, the second question that appears is: How to choose the best lawyer for me?
It is certainly not an easy task to choose a lawyer. Many factors must be considered so that, when necessary, you know how to choose the best car accident lawyer for your specific case. Below we will discuss some aspects that will help you in this difficult task.
Basic premises of the choice:
It is important to mention that it will hardly be possible to say who is the best lawyer for all cases. The choice of the best lawyer must be made by analyzing the specific context and not the generic one, that is, the question will always be: How to choose the best lawyer for me!
Choosing a lawyer to act on your behalf involves several factors. Many issues can be relevant when choosing any professional and not just the lawyer. However, among the various existing variables, we will analyze the 3 main ones, which are: Safety, Technical Capacity and Price.
It is very common for people (and companies) to remember the lawyer only in the most delicate moments, such as: need to sue or defend themselves in a lawsuit; consultation of controversial doubts; preparation of technical documents, etc.
At these times, it is common that there is not much time to choose the professional who will assist you, given the immediate need to resolve the issue. At the same time it is necessary to trust the lawyer. Given this, how can we know which lawyer is best for my needs?
Factors that contribute to customer safety are:
Lawyer transparency in client service
A good service, in which the lawyer is able to clearly explain to the client what is happening in his case, analyzing exactly the problem brought by the client and being able to listen to the client are factors that help to create the necessary trust.
Lawyer x Law Firm
Often the client will not choose a lawyer, but a law firm which is made up of several lawyers, with different specialties and capable of answering different questions for that client and not just a single question.
It is quite common for the client to already have a lawyer they trust, but he is not a specialist or does not work in another area of law that the client needs at that time. So the tip is, give preference to hiring an office, because it is much safer that more than one professional can act in your favor.
Can you imagine if your lawyer, for some reason, is unable to assist you in a certain period due to personal issues (for example, travel, illness, etc.)? Hiring a law firm is much safer, especially for companies.
Portfolio and Presentation
Although the OAB Code of Ethics prohibits disclosure by the lawyer or law firm of who their clients are, it is possible to analyze the website of the lawyer or law firm, their professional social networks (Facebook and LinkedIn of the professional and/or office).
It is also possible, if you cannot find information about that professional, to request an electronic presentation by email so that you can have a greater knowledge of the services offered, areas of expertise, etc.
Knowledge of Cause
The analysis of how much the lawyer knows about that subject is perhaps something more complicated for the client, not least because it involves technical knowledge that the client does not have.
However, it is possible to analyze the technical knowledge of a lawyer without knowing the subject presented to him. Said analysis is exactly the connection point between the first variable (safety) and the second variable (technical capacity).
It is very important that the contractual relationship is formalized by a written contract for the safety of both the client and the lawyer.
Is this professional really a lawyer?
It costs nothing to find out if that person offering himself as a lawyer really is a lawyer. To check, access the OAB website and search the national register of subscribers by the name of that person or by the number of the OAB and State.
To choose the best lawyer (or the best law firm) for you, see if that lawyer (or those lawyers who are part of the firm) have some of the items that we will illustrate below. Such items are demonstrations, expressions, that that professional has the knowledge and technical capacity necessary to act on your behalf:
One of the ways to analyze how much that lawyer knows about the subject is to research whether that lawyer has already written or participated in academic projects related to any legal subject. For example, lawyers who write articles, books or other relevant materials certainly have technical knowledge of the subject and can help you solve your problem more effectively.
Lawyers who also combine advocacy with teaching (being a teacher) certainly also have the necessary technical knowledge. There are also professionals who are columnists in newspapers or contribute to the dissemination and propagation of legal knowledge.
Participation in entities
The legal world has several suitable places for the discussion of legal topics whose main objective is the exchange of information between professionals and the technical improvement of the participants.
There are several places designed to encourage discussions and research on legal matters, which are made up of lawyers, judges, prosecutors and other related professionals.
Analyzing whether the lawyer is a member of OAB Commissions, whether he is a member of Lawyers Associations or even of groups and research centers, mainly at universities, are factors that help in the search for the best lawyer for you.