I admit, I’m one of those people who self diagnoses medical ailments by inputting the symptoms into Dr. Google. But, even when I am certain I’ve properly diagnosed myself with a strange tropical disease during the dead of Minnesota winter, I get a second opinion from my real doctor. I question if people are as careful when they consult with Google, Esq.? You should be. And I learned why tonight.
I wrote a post a while back that focused on how to interview a prospective attorney. I admit, when I drafted the article I had individual clients in mind, not business clients. I recently came across this article from the New York Times. It has a lot of the same advice I included in my previous post, but from a business prospective. The article also has good suggestions for addressing cost and keeping cost down, something important to us all in this “new economy.”
I published this post on How to Interview a Prospective Attorney less than a month ago. This evening, I am presenting at a parenting through divorce class and using it as a handout. Since I’ve had quite a few new readers to My General Counselor in the past few days, I thought it might be appropriate to repost the article. In my opinion it is one of the most helpful posts I have written. We all play “Google Expert” by trying to diagnose our legal, physical, mental (is that last one just me?) problems through internet “research.” That is what Wikipedia is for, right? But, when the day comes to actually hire an expert, two tips: 1) do it sooner than you think and 2) be prepared to do it right.
When you hire an attorney, you should hire the right attorney. Depending on the reason you need legal services, your attorney may be someone you talk with and interact with on almost a daily basis. Not only do you want great legal services, you need someone you work well with. Do not be afraid to ask a prospective attorney questions. They should be willing to give you straight answers. If they can’t or they won’t, move on. Here are a short list of questions and issues to address with any prospective attorney:
You’re probably surprised to learn that even as an attorney I often search for other attorneys to refer people to; most often in situations where a potential client’s legal issue is out of the physical or practical areas in which I practice. Instead of turning them away, I try to find them a suitable alternative.