Hiring the Right Lawyer
Finding and hiring the right lawyer can be a hard task. You need to know some valuable points when deciding who to instruct with your legal tasks. We have listed the most important considerations for you before opting for your lawyer.
1. How to find the right lawyer for you
The most important thing when hiring a lawyer is to clearly identify your legal needs. You have to critically assess your situation and think of what legal help you require. Oftentimes, there will be additional issues, or some problem you thought as important that does not actually require legal assistance. Nevertheless, try to identify all issues before referring to a legal professional.
Moreover, it is advisable to have a clearly formulated factual timeline of related events. What led to this issue, what parties are involved, what actions have you taken or have been taken against you? List all relevant events and actions in a chronological order beforehand, as this will help both Linkilaw and the lawyers to find the best solution for you in a timely manner.
2. What to look for in a lawyer
Finding the right lawyer is similar to finding a spouse – you need to trust them and to make sure you are compatible. Though it is impossible to know in advance whether your personalities will match, there are quite a number of other factors you should look for:
- Area of specialty – your lawyer should have experience in the area of your legal issue andhave handled similar cases successfully. The legal field is vast, so just because a lawyer is “good” in one area of expertise doesn’t mean he knows what he’s doing anywhere else. That’s where Linkilaw comes in – we prescreen our lawyers and explore their strong areas, which help us pick out the best match for our clients.
- Years of experience – experienced lawyers make a big difference in the way theywork. They know the system and have handled similar cases. Consider their practical experience as an important factor.
- Responsiveness – since the lawyer will handle issues which are of utmost importance to you, you want them to be accessible and responsive to your requests. For this reason, we measure the approximate time our lawyers take to respond and provide you with additional important information about them.
3. Payment methods
There are quite a number of different payment methods that lawyers practice. The common understanding is that all lawyers charge on an hourly basis, which is neither a transparent nor accountable method. Therefore we urge our lawyers to offer fixed fees to our clients for most legal issues – this way you will have a clear idea of your costs before even starting. Of course, this is not valid for all types of legal issues, so in some cases such as complex litigation matters, a lawyer’s work will have to be counted on an hourly basis.
Another option for payment is the so-called “money on account”. In this case, the client sets a deadline of a certain sum of money, and the lawyers limit their work to reaching this amount, after which they notify the client of the work they have done and what else is needed. This is a common practice in the UK, usually employed by startups and clients with lower budgets.
At Linkilaw, we strive to provide our clients with fixed fee quotes in most cases, as we believe this is the most transparent way for our clients to receive legal services.
4. How to save your lawyer time and yourself money
We already covered some of the relevant points in previous sections on how to make the most of your collaboration with your lawyer. It is however worth noting them again:
- have a clear goal in mind as to what you want to achieve
- prepare a chronology of facts and previous actions
- do not cover any information that may be of relevance to your case
- act as soon as a legal issues arises, do not wait
- communicate all additional information to your lawyer promptly
- inform your lawyer as soon as you receive any letters or documents related to your case
Follow these simple steps and you will surely save both time and money to you and your lawyer.
5. What to bring at your first meeting
Your first meeting with your new lawyer will set the tone for your future cooperation. So come prepared. Bring all relevant documents and be able to present clearly and in chronological order the facts of your case. In a glance, this is what you should bring:
- Passport or ID.
- Any letters, protocols or other documents related to your case.
- Any other materials which you consider relevant to your issue.
We know finding the right lawyer is not an easy job. That is why we are here to help you help yourself. Do not hesitate to contact us should you need any legal help, and we will make sure you have an informed and clear choice of the perfect lawyer for your needs.