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If you need to hire a lawyer, you’re likely looking to hire the best one you can find. Unfortunately, a quick search online shows that most attorneys claim to be at the top of their profession, when in reality there can only be a few top lawyers in any given area of law. How can you tell who genuinely excels and who is just peddling fluff?
Finding the best lawyer will look different for everyone. In fact, an attorney who is an excellent choice for one person might be a terrible choice for someone else. The important thing is to find an attorney who has the right combination of experience, success and communication style that fits with who you are and what you want. Here are some good ways to approach your search to find the best lawyer near you.
Personal recommendations can go a long way toward finding a lawyer who will be the best for you. If you trust the person’s judgment, they can vouch for several things about the firm, including:
Finding a top lawyer in the Hudson area does not require a personal connection, of course. However, if you have one, so much the better.
The common practice of online reviews has come to the legal world as well. When looking at attorney reviews, do not simply focus on the testimonials they may have posted on their website. Look for reviews from third-party sources, too. Is the consensus generally positive? Negative? Mixed? Do any of them mention an issue like the one you are dealing with? After reading these reviews from neutral third-party sites (such as reviews section of Google), you will have a better sense about how confident you are in the way the attorney might approach your case.
An established attorney should have an updated, modern web presence. If not, that tells you something. If they can’t be bothered to keep up with something as basic as a website (a necessity today), what else have they fallen behind on?
On their site, also look for things such as:
Pay attention to what the attorney says, but also how the attorney says it. Do you want a fighter to win a battle? A mediator to calmly and tactfully settle a dispute? An innovative thinker to find a creative solution to an unusual problem? Attorneys will often reveal themselves to be one (or more) of those things.
Most attorneys offer free consultations for you to discuss your legal concern with them. This meeting is a good indicator of the kind of service you will receive as their client. Here are some things to pay attention to:
Do not be afraid to ask hard questions. After all, you are entrusting a sensitive legal issue to this professional. If they cannot answer your questions to your satisfaction, that may indicate that they will not be able to resolve your legal matter either.
After you have done your research and met with an attorney, you should make a decision based on the available evidence and your own sense of whether or not you would be able to work with this person. A brilliant attorney who makes your life miserable is a bad combination, but so is someone with whom you have great rapport, but who has a shaky track record of success. Hold out until you find both. You will be glad that you did.