Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Why You Should Consult With Multiple Attorneys

Let's say you have a legal problem that needs a solution and you've decided you are going to hire an attorney to help you find that solution.  You walk into a lawyer's office, he/she gives you some brief advice and then asks if you want to retain him/her.  What should you do?

In my opinion, you should meet with multiple attorneys before deciding which one you would like to hire. Every attorney is different.  We all have our own styles and preferences.  We all work differently.  Some attorneys prefer to have communications go through their secretary, some prefer to make phone calls themselves.  Which one of those would you be most comfortable with?  Some attorneys believe amicable resolution (i.e. settlement) may be in your best interest, while some attorneys think you should fight til the end.  Would you prefer to try to settle or do you want to fight no matter what (regardless of the attorney's opinion, this decision is actually YOUR decision to make).  No legal problem has a simple solution and each attorney is going to strategize on how to solve yours.  Do you want to be involved in developing that strategy or do you simply want your attorney to tell you how to move forward?  These things might seem simple and minute but they can affect your overall experience with the legal system in a huge way. 

Picture how different the experience would be if you simply receive a paper from the court in the mail versus having your attorney call you and explain to you what that paper means and how it affects your life.  You should make sure you are comfortable with the attorney and how they practice law BEFORE you retain them.  While you always have the right to fire your attorney and retain a new one, this may end up costing you more money in the long run.  So take up attorneys' offers on free consultations and meet with a few before you decide which one is best for you. 

If you are looking to speak with an attorney and would like a consultation, please contact us at (804) 447-0146 or clbaudean@baudeanlaw.com.