With so many lawyers and firms in the world today, how do you know if you’ve chosen the right one? Here are 5 signs of a trustworthy lawyer.
1. Cautiously Optimistic
Most cases aren’t slam-dunks, and it is important that your lawyer doesn’t make promises regarding the outcome of your case and should not be overconfident no matter how seasoned he or she is. A great lawyer knows there are many factors to be considered and that no legal proceedings come with guarantees and should present a few options for handling the case.
2. Great Listener
A great lawyer is an even better listener. Nothing in the legal world has a cookie cutter approach. They should understand your goals. Not only are they good at listening, great lawyers are also responsive. This doesn’t mean they respond to you within seconds, but rather they are considerate of your time and will respond in a timely manner.
As strange as this may sound, your lawyer shouldn’t empathize too much with your pain. A good legal service provider is able to stay objective and seek the truth at all costs. Your lawyer should pursue a professional relationship that’s based on trust and facts (good AND bad).
4. Honest About Fees Upfront
Though sometimes a sore subject, it is crucial that your lawyer talks about fees upfront. Certain types of representation have flat fees: immigration matters, basic bankruptcy, administrative law, etc. However, most types of legal matters have varying fees, and a good lawyer will give you a range. This is because matters could be more complex and because it is impossible to predict how the other side will react or respond.
5. Trust Your Gut
Last but not definitely not least, you should enjoy working with your lawyer. Your lawyer should treat you and all other parties with respect, even the opposing lawyer. A great lawyer keeps you updated on all progress and should communicate with you frequently. If you get a weird feeling about a lawyer you’ve consulted with, check for reviews on sites such as Avvo. If you still aren’t sure, trust your gut!
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