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, or seem overconfident – regardless of how seasoned they are. A great lawyer knows there are many factors to be considered, and that no legal proceedings come with guarantees. They should be able to present a few informed options for handling the case, without guaranteeing any outcomes.
2. Great Listener
A great lawyer is an even better listener. Nothing in the legal world has a one-fits-all approach, and a great lawyer will know this. They should understand your goals, and tailor their approach accordingly. Beyond exhibiting strong listening skills, 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 thoughtfully.
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 discusses their fees upfront. Certain types of representation have flat fees (such as immigration matters, basic bankruptcy, administrative law, etc.). However, most types of legal matters have varying fees, and a good lawyer will be able to provide you with an estimated range. This shows not only that they understand the legal tasks at hand and any possible developments, but also that they are considerate and mindful of your money.
5. Trust Your Gut
Last but definitely not least, you should enjoy working with your lawyer. Your lawyer should treat you and all other parties with respect, even opposing counsel. A great lawyer keeps you updated on all progress with your case, 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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This article was originally published by Managing Member Jeffrey Possinger on medium.com.
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