How to Choose a Good Lawyer in Your Area


Today I’m going to guide you on how to choose a good lawyer in your area. Here I will share the important criteria to consider whenever you’re looking for a lawyer.

Lawyers are among the important people in the world. Sometimes in your life, you might find yourself you need help from a lawyer. Or you may wish to hire your attorney to conduct your day-to-day legal issues. Or maybe you need an advocate to be your company’s secretary.

How to Choose a Good Lawyer in Your Area

The following are the criteria to consider when choosing a good lawyer in your area for any legal service needs.

Consider the Area of Specialization

A lawyer does not know everything about the law. Someone might be very good in corporate law but poor in civil litigation or good in family law but poor in banking law.

Once finding a lawyer you must make sure you understand in which legal category your concern falls, this might help you to get the right lawyer for you. Is it a family issue, mortgage, company, contract or employment, or criminal?

There are lawyers specialized in every category. In case you don’t know, kindly use the contact form in this blog to tell us your concern and we will help to tell you in which legal category your concern fit. Finding a specialized lawyer might save you time and enable you to get quality services.

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Experience

Sometimes you ask yourself ‘should I go to a fresh from school lawyer or get an experienced lawyer?’ the answer is yes and no at the same time.

This is highly dependent on your issue at hand.

There are legal matters which are complex and need an experienced lawyer however there legal issues that are simple and they don’t need experience at all.

Examples of complex legal issues are adoption matters, murder cases, and matters which are urgent in nature.

Examples of simple matters are attestation issues, preparing legal documents like Affidavit, Deed Poll and simple contracts, a normal civil case, etc.

So I’m advising you that if you have a complex legal issue please see an experienced lawyer for a better service but if your issue is simple then even a fresh from school lawyer might be enough.

NB. There are fresh from school lawyers who can handle complex matters.

Ask People

This is a very simple and sufficient way of getting a good lawyer. Ask a friend or a family member who hired a lawyer for recommendations.

Ask to find what kind of lawyer was hired, what kind of service was provided, were satisfied? Ask if they can give you a better option. Here you can also use online means to ask for a lawyer.

Law Firm Matter

Sometimes you may meet with a ‘briefcase attorney’ (a lawyer who has no physical address) and enjoyed his service. But does the law firm matter when choosing a good lawyer? The answer is yes.

In a good law firm, you will find good lawyers. And you will have a security of service. Also, there are some law firms which are specialized in certain areas of law example mining and gases, intellectual properties, tax law, family law, and corporate law so you can easily find an expert in a law firm.

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Cost Issues

Legal services are always expensive. Sometimes you don’t have enough money to engage a lawyer and you facing very serious trouble that needs a lawyer’s help.

In this situation, you may seek a Probono lawyer (a lawyer who provides service for free) or go to any legal aid centers that are also free of charge.

In case you have a low budget you may seek a young lawyer who might be ready to help you.

Verifying an Advocate

Now are days the trend of fake advocate and ‘bush lawyer’ are increasing. In some jurisdictions, they develop a special online system for verifying the legality of an advocate.

This system helps potential clients to know the status of the advocate before engaging in his or her service.

 

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Isack Kimaro

Editor-in-chief and founder of sherianajamii.com. Holder of Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from Mzumbe University and Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law school of Tanzania. Lawyer by profession and blogger by passion.

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