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How do I find an attorney to hire?
- 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.
- If you don’t get an email or call back from an attorney in a timely manner, you’ll likely have similar issues throughout.
- Ask them how long they have been practicing. Longer doesn’t necessarily mean better, but it is a factor to consider.
- Ask them if they have a specialty and how many cases like yours they have handled.
- Ask how much they collect up front as a retainer (you prepay for the work they will do).
- Ask how much they charge hourly.
- Ask what billing increments they use (every 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, an hour).
- Ask them how often you will receive an invoice and how detailed it will be.
- Ask them what happens if you dispute the amount they have charged you.
- If they don’t offer an engagement letter describing billing practices and communication methods for their services, you may want to look elsewhere.