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Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 1:34 pm | Updated: 10:35 am, Wed Jul 31, 2013.

No matter the situation, choosing an attorney can be one of the most important decisions someone can make. But despite the importance of finding an attorney that has the resources and knowledge regarding a specific legal matter, knowing what to look for and ask can be overwhelming.

Selecting the right attorney for one’s specific situation can greatly affect the damages recovered following a personal injury, outcome in a family legal matter and fines or jail time in a criminal matter. Because of the power legal matters often have in the lives of those enduring them, selecting a lawyer with the experience to handle them is no easy feat. Here are some tips that can help potential clients choose the right attorney to meet their unique needs and challenges.

Look for Specific Experience

Choosing an attorney for one’s exact legal situation can be much more complex than simply using the real estate or divorce attorney a friend recommends. Attorneys often have more or less experience in pinpointed areas of practice. Choosing an attorney that possesses a background in the area of practice a potential client is looking for help in is vital to the outcome of a case.

Meet With Potential Attorneys

While not all law firms offer free consultations, meeting with a potential lawyer can help uncover realistic expectations and give clients a way to feel out prospective attorneys, comparing the different ways they may deal with their circumstances. Those dealing with legal matters can look in their region for firms offering free case evaluations, where they can meet with lawyers and staff, ask questions and gauge their needs.

Ask Questions

One of the best ways to get to know a potential lawyer and understand how they can help is by asking questions about their background, experience and the outcomes they have achieved in the past. Some legal matters may require litigation in the future. A lawyer with litigation and courtroom experience would be an important asset for such a case. In addition, potential clients may want to inquire about an attorney’s track record in the specific area of practice they are seeking help for.

Do Your Homework

The way a professional has treated and dealt with family and friends is always an important consideration when choosing a service. But with improving technology, the experiences previous clients have had with a business are all available with the click of a mouse. The availability of consumer reviews makes it easy for potential clients to look at the experiences others have had with a law firm or attorney, gaining great insight into the way a lawyer communicates, returns calls and interacts with clients. A simple search on the web for a law firm or attorney can give clients access to reviews, testimonials, video and websites that offer extensive information about the practice areas a firm may have more experience with.

Industry specific websites and directories can also be a valuable place to compare lawyers and firms, read reviews, check ratings and look at peer endorsements.

Inquiring about the resources a firm has to handle a claim can reveal whether they have access to investigators or medical professionals, who can be very valuable for personal injury and medical malpractice cases.

For more information about setting up a free consultation for personal injury, family law, criminal law, military law and bankruptcy matters, call 254-359-5688 or visit www.carlsonattorneys.com

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