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Do You Need To Find A Lawyer

Do you think you need to find a lawyer in NZ to help you with a legal matter, or just to have for any future plans or deals? It’s often best to locate one before you need one, much like finding an accountant before the end of the financial year. While there are times where we need to appoint a lawyer straight away (such as in times of criminal matters, or if there is a case filed against you). Most of the time, the relationship we create with a legal representative is all about prevention rather than reaction.

The first thing you need to do is determine if you need one right now. If you are separating from your partner, negotiating custody or asset division, then you will probably need one. If you have been charged with a crime you will definitely require legal assistance and/or representation.

Whatever the reason, it’s very important to collect what you want to say, and what you expect from them as concisely as possible before you meet with them. A point by point list can help you stay on track. As you are billed for your time, it’s a good idea to keep as focussed as you can while you talk with a lawyer. Sometimes just talking with an expert can help save you hours of work, so this time can be very valuable. Many people go in expecting a long and drawn out procedure, when a few meetings can help arrange a solution to whatever problem you’ve come in with.

A lawyer in NZ will go through your rights and their obligations with you, and ensure you that as your counsel, they are required to treat all your matters confidentially. They can also improve both your current situation and your future by looking out for your interests. If they cannot help you because it is not an area of expertise for them, they can often recommend another professional in their law firm who can. This is one of the benefits of working with a firm, rather than one person.

In many of the smaller towns and regions in New Zealand it can be hard to know who to talk to if you have law related problem. It can seem as if everyone knows everyone else, but your legal representative will not disclose information to anyone else. A reputable law firm can be trusted to offer good advice and confidentiality. They are required to disclose any conflict of interest at the outset of your conversation.

How to Find a Lawyer

Semi truck accidents are very common in all states, because of all of the major interstates and highways that have become common in all states across that United States. Here is what you need to look for to find a personal injury lawyer for semi truck accidents.

1. Locate a personal injury lawyer that has the proper credentials. You have a lot riding on a case that involves truck accidents, so it is very important that you find a lawyer for semi truck accidents that is AV rated, has trial experience, and also is a published author.

2. Find out if the lawyer can practice in your state. It does not do much good to find a lawyer for semi truck accidents if they cannot handle a case for your state.

3. Contact your personal injury attorney and speak with them personally. Ask them about their experiences dealing with these types of cases. It is important that you find a lawyer that has experience handling these specific types of cases.

4. Choose an injury attorney with a winning record. Most attorneys will display their big cases, and if you do not see any big settlements then it is probably safe to assume that you do not need to hire that specific law firm.

5. Go online to find a lawyer for semi truck accidents in your particular state. It is good that you are already doing your research, and once you find a lawyer that you like then stick with them. There are quite a lawyers out there that handle these types of cases, but you have to find one that is willing to work for you, and get you the settlement that you deserve.

Finding a Lawyer

Finding a lawyer that can accommodate all your legal needs can be a sensitive process. Many people are unaware of when and how you may need a lawyer. New Zealand tends to be the place where “do it yourself” is considered the best option, but using an expert can often save you far more in time and resources than trying to manage legal aspects yourself.

Before you select a lawyer in New Zealand, it is important to work out what area of law you mainly need to address. While firms cater for a wide variety of different areas, different sectors are managed by different lawyers. New Zealand firms are often generalists, with partners and solicitors working on specific areas within the firm.

You might need a New Zealand solicitor for the following areas:

– Buying or selling a property: Whether it is purchasing a home or land, an investment or a business, a property lawyer ensures all the NZ legal requirements are met and you are in the most protected position you can be in terms of transfer of ownership and settlement.

– Business and Company law: If you are starting a company, acquiring a business or want to ensure all your procedural documents are ready and ordered, engage the help of a solicitor. New Zealand lawyers can explain the ins and outs of legal requirements to prevent any unwelcome surprises later on in the piece.

– Environmental law: The last thing you want to do when beginning a new venture is discovering your plans contravene environmental law. With the strong national focus on sustainability, you’ll need an expert in environmental law. New Zealand legislation around this area can be a minefield to the uninitiated.

– Wills and estate planning: While no one wants to plan for their own demise, forethought and protection of assets can ensure the people you leave behind are well looked after, and the assets you built in your lifetime last. Finding a New Zealand law firm that can help administer your estate can also help.

– Family law: No one wants to need a lawyer to be involved in family matters but in today’s world it’s an important step to ensure that partners, children and parents are all looked after. If you are looking for information about custody, separation, and asset disputes, use a solicitor. New Zealand law is there to protect the interests of the family.

– Maori acts and legislation: While many New Zealand laws would fit into other western countries, there are specific laws and acts that are specific to Maori cultural needs. This includes Treaty of Waitangi claims, Maori land court and how to consider any cultural impact when developing land.

Whatever your legal needs, it is important to match them with a suitable lawyer. New Zealand law firms understand it’s important to cater for a wide variety of needs within the same firm.

Useful Tips on What to Expect From Your Lawyer

As a business owner, you are usually run off your feet with the challenges of operating your business. The last thing you need to worry about is a legal problem. Many business people put off dealing with a legal problem because they don’t know where to turn, don’t have the time, or most often, are afraid of how much it will cost and how much time it will take.

Legal issues come in many forms:

· A customer failed to pay an account despite many promises. · You just received a letter from a government agency. · You just found out that your former manager has set up a competing business and has stolen your best customer and one of your key employees. · You have just been sued for $100,000. · Someone told you that one of your standard form contracts won’t stand up in court and you are worried about it. · You have a dispute with your landlord. · You have a problem with a US or European customer. · Your business has been defamed on the internet. · You just found that your warehouse manager has been sexually harassing a female employee. · An employee is damaging your business but threatens to sue if you fire him. You are not sure how to handle it. · You are involved with a Workplace Safety Insurance claim.

These examples are just the tip of the iceberg of the kinds of legal issues business people run into frequently.

Tip #1 – Seek out legal help at the first sign of a problem

Suppose a competitor has been passing off its business under your name and it’s costing you customers and sales but it’s hard to estimate the amount. Unless you act promptly, it may be too late to seek an injunction from the Court. If you think you have a claim against another party under a contract, a limitation period begins to run from the time the contract is breached and usually expires two years later. It’s not a good idea to leave the claim to the last minute.

If you have an issue with an employee who is working unacceptably, it’s important to develop a legal strategy as early as possible. The longer you wait, the more it may cost your business.

The short point here is that it is important to seek advice as soon you detect a problem and before anything has been done to make it worse. Crisis management is always more expensive and time-consuming than early response.

Tip #2 – Have a team of lawyers to call on when you need them.

Every business should have a team of on-call lawyers. This is less expensive or complicated than it sounds. All you need are the telephone numbers and email addresses of trusted corporate, employment law and litigation lawyers. Depending on the nature of your business, you may also need an intellectual property lawyer, who deals with trademarks, patents and copyright. You may even need a tax lawyer because not all tax issues can be solved by an accountant.

If the amount of your legal dispute is very small, such as a claim or complaint by a customer for $1,000 or less, it will be uneconomic to hire a lawyer. Fortunately, there are other helpful resources. The BBB has a dispute resolution process which permits BBB businesses and their customers to resolve disputes by arbitration or mediation. You don’t need a lawyer and the only cost is a small administration fee. More information about this process is available on the BBB website.

If your case is in the Small Claims Court ($10,000 or less), you might need a paralegal who specializes in these kinds of cases. Paralegals are now regulated by the Law Society but they are not lawyers and they are not a substitute for an experienced lawyer.

Tip #3 – Learn what to expect when a dispute arises.

As a business person, you have learned that success is often the result of building relationships. The relationships you build with your lawyers can be just as important to your business success as the ones you have with your customers, suppliers, banker and insurance broker. A relationship with your lawyer built on mutual trust and respect will save you many sleepless nights over the years and probably make or save you a lot of money.

There are several ways to find good lawyers for your business:

  • Ask business associates or relatives if they have someone to recommend. If you get a recommendation, find out more about the firm and the lawyer by using some of the research methods below. · The internet is a very useful resource for finding a lawyer but you have to be careful. Any lawyer can list with various online legal directories. Anyone can have a flashy website. You have to move past the flash to find the substance.
  • When looking for a lawyer on the internet, look for someone who has experience in the field you require. The first name on a Google search may not be the best choice. Some lawyers have written extensively about the law. This is a useful indicator of expertise and standing in the legal community.
  • Some lawyers list cases they have been involved in on their websites. Broad litigation experience in complex business matters over many years is a good indicator of competence.
  • The Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario, Canada) has a lawyers’ referral service. The service provides a name but you have to check the details out yourself. · The Law Society certifies specialists in several areas of practice. Certification as a specialist signals that the lawyer has achieved a higher standard of experience in his/her area but certification isn’t mandatory. Many competent lawyers have long experience in a field without applying for certification. You have to decide if this is important to you.
  • · If your problem is outside Ontario, find a local lawyer first. Many firms have networks with lawyers globally and are able to refer to lawyers in the USA or other countries. Refers between colleagues are often more effective.

When you call, don’t expect the lawyer to solve your business problem over the telephone. The first discussion is for the lawyer to identify whether s/he can represent you and for you to assess whether the lawyer appears to have the skills to deal with your problem. If you have a legal problem the lawyer believes his/her firm can resolve, an office meeting will be arranged.

In business matters, lawyers customarily charge a consultation fee for the first office meeting. At the meeting, the lawyer will give preliminary or urgent advice and develop a go-forward strategy. The lawyer may be able to give a partial fee estimate and will ask for a retainer to cover some of the work. No lawyer can guarantee the outcome. At this early stage, there are usually a lot of unknown matters. While the lawyer may be able to give you a partial fee estimate in a litigation matter, it’s impossible to say with accuracy how much it will cost. It depends on too many unknown factors.

It will be then up to you to decide whether or not to hire the lawyer to represent you further. The decision you make will depend on your sense of confidence in the lawyer. Has the lawyer listened to you? Have your questions been answered? Does the lawyer appear to understand your problem? Has the lawyer presented the risks and downsides of your case? Every case has risks and costs. Beware of a lawyer who tells you only what you want to hear without assessing the strengths of the opposing party’s case.

Some lawyers will accept a monthly or annual retainer which entitles the client to telephone advice a few times a month. More complicated issues require separate engagements.

Tip #4 – The least expensive lawyer is unlikely to be the best person to handle your legal problem

Consider this scenario: you are looking for a lawyer for a complicated lawsuit. You call Mr. Jones, who answers on the first ring. You tell your story, which has many facts the opposite party disputes. Mr. Jones says, “You have a great case. I’m sure you’re going to win.” When you ask how much it will cost, Mr. Jones says “Don’t worry, you won’t have to pay me anything unless you win. Just come on down to my office and we’ll get started.”

Beware of any lawyer who tells you this. While Ontario lawyers are permitted to charge their fees based on contingency, i.e. a percentage of the result, this type of fee arrangement is only rarely applicable in business cases. It never occurs when facts are in dispute, recovery is uncertain or if the amount is small.

When you retain a lawyer, you need a trustworthy advisor, who will point out the weaknesses of your case as well as the strengths. A litigation lawyer who is waiting by the phone for your call and tells you exactly what you are hoping to hear may be too hungry or too inexperienced to manage your case. He may be in over his head and will bail out as soon as your case takes a negative turn. By then, your legal situation may have worsened. It will be more expensive and perhaps impossible to repair it.

Even worthwhile cases require careful analysis and risk assessment. An experienced litigation lawyer will typically do his by for fees on an hourly basis plus GST and any out-of-pocket expenses necessary for your case.

Good litigation lawyers are often in court, at mediation or other litigation procedures, at meetings or discovery. However, good litigation lawyers always call or respond by email within 24 hours. In case of urgency or vacation, the lawyer will arrange for someone in the office to contact you.

Tip #5 – Prevention is better and much less expensive than litigation.

Legal problems are like computer crashes — they are bound to occur, it’s just a matter of time. Unlike computer crashes, some lawsuits can be avoided. Often, businesses owners deal with legal matters only when a crisis arises. They look for the least expensive lawyer to draft their leases, contracts, corporate and employment agreements without regard to skill, competence and experience.

Sometimes, business owners avoid legal steps like failing to make a shareholder agreement, failing to file a trademark application or failing to prepare a non-competition and non-solicitation agreement with a key employee. When served with a lawsuit, they ignore or tear the papers up in anger. These business owners will be caught short when the inevitable occurs. While litigation or arbitration may still occur when there are written agreements in place, you will be in a far more secure position if you have taken precautionary steps before the dispute occurs. If you respond to correspondence and legal papers promptly, you will be better protected than if you ignore them.

Competent legal advice is available for matters such as corporate organization, leases, the wording contracts and other documents you use in your business, partnership and shareholder agreements, your relationships with your employees, your company’s trade names, logos and website, your regulatory compliance, your risk management and litigation prevention techniques. It’s all important to arrange legal affairs to ensure that your personal liability is limited in the case of a claim against your business.

Ensure that the legal issues affecting your business are in good order. This is likely to save you a lot of money and grief in the future. You might even consider having a legal audit or a “business legal checkup”. We plan to write about this topic in a future article in this newsletter. Preventative legal advice may be expensive but it is just as important as fire insurance.

Tip #6 — Don’t assume that ‘going to court’ means ‘going to trial’

If you haven’t been involved in litigation before, you may not appreciate that more than 90% of cases settle before trial. While a trial (or even an appeal) is not always avoidable, lawyers use techniques to try to resolve cases at earlier stages. Business people are looking for certainty and to limit expense and exposure.

It’s never a bad idea to negotiate a settlement with the opposing party but the timing and approach will depend on the case. It is best to negotiate from a position of strength. This may mean holding off negotiations until enough facts and documents have been disclosed to favour your position.

Mediation is another technique lawyers use to achieve settlement before trial. Mediation involves a neutral mediator, who is usually an experienced lawyer, acceptable to all parties. The parties and the lawyers prepare briefs to explain their positions to the mediator. On the mediation date, after an opening session, the parties retire to separate rooms. The mediator will “shuttle” between the parties until an agreement is worked out or an impasse is declared. This process produces a high rate of settlement even in very complicated cases.

Tip #7 – Understand the risks of the litigation process: Why do lawyers emphasize settlement?

Even if you have an airtight case, your lawyer will still recommend settlement. Lawyers assess risk every day. Even the most airtight case could have problems at trial. The judge may prefer the evidence of the opposing party over yours. The other party’s expert witness may be more persuasive than yours. These are just two of many possibilities. A trial is always a last resort.

Another good reason to settle is that even if you win at trial, the case may not be over because

  • The legal costs awarded by the court to a successful party are only a partial recovery of the legal costs payable to your lawyer. · If you lose at trial or if the opposing party does better in court than their settlement offer, you will have to pay a portion of their legal costs. · There may be an appeal which could delay payment for two years or longer.
  • Until a final judgment is granted, a defendant is rarely prevented from dealing with his property – unless the property is the subject of the lawsuit (or some other exceptional situations).
  • The judgment may be unenforceable. The opposing party may be insolvent or go bankrupt. You might not collect anything. · The defendant may conceal his assets or transfer them to family members to make the debt difficult to collect. A separate lawsuit may be necessary to find the defendant’s assets or to declare the fraudulent transfer void.
  • The defendant may have assets outside Ontario. A lawyer in the jurisdiction where defendant’s assets are located may have to be retained to collect the judgment.

A settlement involves a resolution both parties can live with. If the case involves the payment of money, there won’t be a settlement unless payment is made.

Even with these concerns, some cases can’t be settled. The positions of the parties may be so far apart that a trial is necessary. As the case progresses, you and your lawyer will have to revise and update your strategy and estimate the legal cost and risk of each stage of the case. Keep in mind that the opposing party is dealing with similar risk assessment and cost issues as you are.

Tip #8 — Be a good client.

From a lawyer’s perspective, a good client is a business person who does the following:

  • Presents all the facts of the case fairly without exaggeration or deception. Tell your lawyer everything; not just the facts that help you. The rest of the story always comes out and usually with adverse consequences. · Considers the lawyer as a trusted advisor and advocate.
  • Has a well-organized set of relevant documents.
  • Provides other documents and information promptly when requested.
  • Accepts that every case has weaknesses and works with the lawyer to develop a strategy to minimize the weaknesses.
  • Recognizes that the lawyer cannot guarantee the outcome but can only provide effective advocacy to produce the best result, often as a result of negotiation or mediation.
  • If an examination for discovery or trial is required, takes the time to prepare to testify.
  • Asks for clarification on all matters that are unclear.
  • Understands that in litigation matters, it is impossible to predict the fees accurately but that the lawyer will gladly provide estimates of imminent steps in the case.
  • Pays retainers when asked and settles interim accounts promptly when rendered.
  • Considers the lawyer’s recommendations carefully and provides reasonable instructions.

One of our firm’s clients is a technology business which started as a family operation and has grown to the point that its brand is now accepted and recognized globally. Our client’s president knows hows to get the most out of his professional advisors. He is always respectful, trusting of professionalism, intelligence, experience and competence. He is prompt in responding to requests for information, appreciative of good advice and excellent service. He works hard but he usually has a happy and cheerful attitude.

Our client expects is professional advisors to have the same enthusiasm for their work as he does for the operations of his business. And another small matter: our client pays every professional account within 48 hours of receipt. He believes that if he had to challenge his lawyer or accountant’s bill, the professional relationship is not a healthy as it should be. Our client expects fair treatment, excellent service, sound advice, creative strategy, experienced advocacy and determined, no-nonsense negotiations. And he gets all of them in spades! A lot of business people who are dissatisfied with their professional advisors could learn a lot from him.

These tips offer no assurance that your legal matter will turn out exactly as you expect. However, by following our suggestions, the resolution of your business dispute is likely to be a less expensive, less time-consuming and less stressful experience and possibly more successful. Keeping your business legal affairs in good order permits you more time to focus on making your business flourish.

How to Find a Lawyer in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is Thailand’s fifth largest city situated in its northern region. It is said to be founded by King Mengrai in 1926 as “Chiang Mai” meaning new city. In the passing of centuries, the place was refined to inculcate its rich culture and fascinating history to the people. Until now, there are about 300 Buddhist temples scattered around the city. Local residents also continued celebrating old time traditions and festivities like Loi Kratong, Songkran, Tam Boon Khan Dok and Flower festival.

Aside from the aforementioned qualities of the city, it is blessed with an ideal climate and topographical features making it one of the most attractive tourist and retirement destinations for both Thais and expatriates.

The immense increase in visitors and enterprising foreigners has made a dramatic increase in the need for international lawyers in the city. Many request for lawyers to assist them in complying with the stringent rules and regulations implemented by the Royal Thai national government and the Chiang Mai City.

Chiang Mai Lawyer

The area is approximately 40,216 square kilometers and the population as of 2008 is already 148,477 making the task of finding a lawyer through the traditional way of asking the locals not as convenient as it may in small cities. To make things worse, even if there are some good lawyers doing legal services for a minimal amount, most of them are centered only in the city. It is well known that Thailand has a centralized way of handling administrative and legal matters such that most of the transactions in the said city are required to be linked to Bangkok offices (Bangkok is the home for most governmental ministries).

The only practical approach in hiring lawyers in the said city is to find law firms that have branches in other cities in the country, especially Bangkok. Firms usually consists of several lawyers, each handling cases in his specialized field. Most of these firms have websites that provides the type of services offered and corresponding contact information.

How to Find a Lawyer

If you are trying to find a lawyer for your immigration dispute or are looking for advice as a employer, then finding and selecting the best immigration lawyer to represent your case will be essential to your success.

If you do find a lawyer, how will you know if they are the correct one. One of the best ways to find a lawyer is word of mouth. Reputation is very important to lawyers. A recommendation from a friend might be a good starting point. Your next step will be to meet the lawyer and see what there specialism is and how well you might get on with that person. You will also be trying to find out if they are hard working, honest and is knowledgeable on your issues.

Other things to consider is how much time they spend with you on your matters? Do they promise you the world of are they upfront about the difficulties your case could have. Are they honest about there fee? Is it a one off flat fee or is it broken down into parts? You should always get literature and something in writing about fees.

What is their communication like? Can you call them anytime of the day? Do they work with email addresses? Can you log into your case online to get a progress update? There are many questions that you can ask yourself about how suitable a lawyer might be.

Tips on how to Find a Lawyer for Immigrants

There are a number of things to keep in mind before finally choosing your lawyer. Always be on your guard against lawyers, especially free ones that are only interested in getting a hold of your fee by promising you 100% and that your application can be submitted, when others have said it can’t. The last thing you want is losing more money on lawyers.

Find a lawyer that specialises in immigration law and is a member of a law association. This should be their main focus and not some side line.

Migration is a complex, which requires a wealth of knowledge and experience of the laws for the destination country. Never choose a lawyer that is trying to persuade you to be dishonest or will ‘arrange’ migration for a fee. If you are found out then there is no come back for you and you could end up being deported. The lawyer will still have your fee. Choose wisely and be aware of any hype and false promises.

Help! Finding A Lawyer

Chances are if you are looking for a lawyer you are at a very stressful time in your life, and are overwhelmed. It doesn’t have to be as hard or as costly as you think to find a good lawyer. Provided below are some tips that can take the stress out of finding a lawyer

What is it that you want –
When first starting out the whole process take time to jot down exactly what it is that you want in a lawyer and in your legal case in general. This will help save you cost and aid greatly in finding a lawyer. Have a detailed layout of your whole case, what it is that has happened, and what it is you want to happen as a result of the legal case. Another very important question to ask yourself is: How much can you afford to spend on a lawyer?

Where to Look for a lawyer – 
Are first instinct when looking for a lawyer is to flip through the yellow pages and to see which ad, or slogan sounds right. This isn’t the worst idea, although setting up consultations can be very timely and time consuming. I would recommend talking to friends and family first to see if they or anyone they know have had experience working with lawyers in your area and what they would recommend. Several people have gone through the same situation as you, ask around, and I’m sure they will gladly help you out as they understand what it is like to be in your shoes. There are also several places online where you can search for lawyers. Be careful when searching online as often times sources aren’t as creditable as they would give themselves credit for.

What to look for in a lawyer – 
I think the most important aspect in finding a lawyer is finding someone that you can work with. You might find the best lawyer in the world, but if your personalities don’t mesh, your going to have a really hard time working through your case. Make sure the lawyer you seek out has experience and expertise in the matter that you need him or her for. For Example if you need a divorce lawyer, there is no sense going to a lawyer who specializes in Corporate Law. This will help save in legal fee’s and also give you a much better chance in the case you are fighting. Look into the Lawyer’s experience and history. Is this lawyer qualified to handle your case?

Need A Little Help Finding A Lawyer

We all know what a lawyer is but most of us hope that we
will never need one. Unfortunately, there are many
circumstances in life that may call for you to need a
lawyer. For this reason, you should know how to find a
lawyer to suit your needs. You may even want to look for a
lawyer before the actual need arises since if something
happens to make you need a lawyer, you will likely be very
stressed out at that point in time.

The chances are that sooner or later, each one of us will
need to find a lawyer. Whether it is engaging a divorce
lawyer, a malpractice attorney or any other kind of legal
specialist, the need for a lawyer will one day arise for you
or someone you know. And when you do need a lawyer, the
question you will ask yourself is – what is the best way to
find a lawyer?

Of course there are many ways to locate a reliable and
reputable lawyer. You might like to ask a friend
or family member for a recommendation. They will only
suggest someone who they can put their own trust and faith
in, so you know you’re getting a quality lawyer with the
right kind of experience. But what if you don’t know anyone
who can make that kind of recommendation to you? Who do
you
turn to find a lawyer in that case?

Have you considered using the Internet as a solution to this
problem? Over the internet, you will be able to find a wide
variety of lawyers, who offer a complete variety of
services. And while you’re looking, you can complete some
research and discover about the law firm before you even
consider hiring them. This means you can, in reality,
compare law firm against law firm without even spending a
retainer fee.

While you can find all types of lawyers online, it is vital
that you pick the right lawyer for your specific needs.
After all, even the top personal injury attorney won’t do
you any good if you need a divorce lawyer. Choose your
lawyer carefully. Ask them to advise you of their
experience in their field and to outline in major cases they
have successfully tried and won.

You can then make a good, informed decision about who
you
think will be a good one for your situation. Remember it
is important that you are able to trust your lawyer because
you will likely have a lot riding on it.

Finding a Lawyer in Wilmington

There are numerous lawyers in Delaware and the city of Wilmington that you can choose from. Many of the lawyer that you can choose from specializes in a certain type of law. There are several different reasons why one may need a lawyer. If you are selling or purchasing real estate or property you may want to have a lawyer that specializes in the field of real estate law. A real estate lawyer will be able to draw up the legal contracts that are necessary when buying or selling a house or property. Plus the lawyer can check into the legalities of other real estate property you may be interested in. Another type of lawyer is one that deals in injuries or accidents.

This type of lawyer is very important if someone injured you or you got hurt because of an accident on the job. There is even a law firm that covers bicycle accidents in Wilmington. Other types of lawyer that you may want to employ the services of are lawyers who specialize in divorce, personal law suits, small claims and criminal law. When you are searching for a lawyer or a lawyer you may want to look in your local Yellow Pages. Another way to find a lawyer in your area would be to look on the Internet. Several reputable lawyers have web sites for potential clients to view.

Ways to Find a Lawyer

Finding a good lawyer is as far as many of us go when it comes to dealing with legal issues, leaving said lawyer to handle the case and all the complicated legal-talk from there onwards. For that very reason however it’s crucial that you pick the right man or woman for the job, otherwise you could cost yourself a fair bit of money or just dealing with an arrogant hot head.

Locating a good lawyer isn’t always easy however and many people have no idea how to go about it. Of course one place to find local lawyers is in the phone book, or looking online. Of course the problem with this method however is that you have no information (other than the biased marketing spiel presented on the websites) regarding the actual quality of said lawyer. Of course you will stand a slightly better chance of avoiding Delboy-types if you go through a respected law firm but you still won’t know exactly what you’re getting.

One much better way to get information regarding lawyers then is to get personal referrals. Ask friends and families if they have know any good lawyers and if they can recommend them. Some people with have their own lawyer that they call on for all their legal cases – as that lawyer is getting repeat business it’s a fairly safe bet that they’re at least competent at what they do. Similarly if you know of someone who’s had the same problem as you – say an accident at work – then you could get in contact with them and ask who they used and whether or not their case was successful. Don’t take these referrals to be 100% accurate as different people have different opinions, so you should try to get information from as many sources as possible. Similarly if you don’t know any friends with good lawyers you may be able to get referrals from businesses and possibly even your place of work. This can be particularly helpful if you run a small business yourself and are looking for a business lawyer. Professional ‘lawyer referral’ services exist and can often be found online that provide quick and comprehensive guidance.

You may even get lucky however and have a lawyer as a friend, or a friend of a friend. In these cases you have the benefit of there being a pre-existing relationship and the lawyer will most likely want to do right by you. However this can also be risky as they say not to mix friendship and business and it’s possible that a friend might take more liberties than a third party, or that disagreements or failure on their part could strain your relationship. Consider the person and your relationship to them then decide if it’s a wise move.

Once you have a name you should look into their records and history. Many directories provide this option such as Nolo, MartinDale or Findlaw. Using such a directory you can check that your prospective lawyer has a valid license, has passed their Bar test and a bit more information from their personal profile such as their experience, history and philosophy of practicing. This way you can get a good idea of how much expertise your lawyer and a brief glimpse of their professional history.