How do I find an attorney to hire?

  1. You must, must, must interview multiple attorneys before hiring someone. Just because it is a friend of a friend doesn’t mean they are a good attorney. Just because another attorney recommended them doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do your homework.
  2. If you don’t get an email or call back from an attorney in a timely manner, you’ll likely have similar issues throughout.
  3. Ask them how long they have been practicing. Longer doesn’t necessarily mean better, but it is a factor to consider.
  4. Ask them if they have a specialty and how many cases like yours they have handled.
  5. Ask how much they collect up front as a retainer (you prepay for the work they will do).
  6. Ask how much they charge hourly.
  7. Ask what billing increments they use (every 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, an hour).
  8. Ask them how often you will receive an invoice and how detailed it will be.
  9. Ask them what happens if you dispute the amount they have charged you.
  10. If they don’t offer an engagement letter describing billing practices and communication methods for their services, you may want to look elsewhere.