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“Finding and Hiring an Attorney”

September 27, 2011

Statistics show that half of the people who need an attorney may not search one out because they don’t know where to turn or they don’t know how much it will cost. Even when you receive recommendations for an attorney, you may have concerns about whether you are choosing the right attorney for your legal needs.

Many of the problems we hear about when clients have hired an attorney are due to a breakdown in communication. The client must clearly state what his/her expectations are, and it is the attorney’s responsibility to tell him/her their options, if any, and what the cost and likelihood of success will be.

The following are some basic questions to ask and some helpful tips to keep in mind both before hiring a lawyer and during the course of the relationship.

How to Find an Attorney:

Questions to Ask Once You Have Selected an Attorney:

Even if you are told that the attorney doesn’t expect to be paid unless he/she gets a settlement for you, ask if there are any costs you will have to pay before a settlement is reached.

Once You are a Client, Keep in Mind the following:

If you need a referral for an attorney, contact the Allegheny County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service at 412-261-5555.