How to choose a lawyer?
August 19, 2008 8:02 PM Subscribe
How can I choose the best lawyer?
posted by xanthippe to Law & Government (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I don't have a lot of access to good word-of-mouth resources in the area I am searching for a lawyer in (Columbus, Ohio).
I have good judgment of character and intelligence in person, but I know there are many other important factors when selecting counsel, such as experience and local representation, and I don't know how to do proper "background checks" on the lawyers I've had consultations with before I retain someone. I'm familiar with Lexis-Nexis peer review ratings and am trying to interpret other variables like the fee structures offered (contingency vs. hourly) and their eagerness to represent me; what other resources should I avail myself of in making this important and potentially costly decision?
What are some easily-determinable indicators that the lawyers have my best interests in mind (to some extent) and are qualified and well-suited to make my case? Is the relative swankness of their offices, for example, something I should actually pay attention to?
I am looking for representation for a personal injury claim (wrongful death) and some related probate litigation, if that is significant. I've had consultation with several attorneys and