The right lawyer can make your case; the wrong one will cost you extra time and money.
Don’t assume that you’ll find the right lawyer by simply choosing the first one in an internet search or by flicking the yellow pages. Here are few ideas to help get you started…
Ask your employer:
Your employer may offer discounted legal services through a specialised/employee assistance program. Bear in mind that these can be restrictive in terms of choice and scope of legal services, but it can be a start.
Ask family, friends or other professionals:
These can be great sources of referrals; but, remember that different people will have different responses to a lawyer's style and personality.
Check with the Law Society:
This will give you a list of lawyers who are close to you and who practice the area of law that you need. You can find a directory of lawyers in Scotland at the Law Society of Scotland’s website.
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Apply careful thought to your choice
Make sure any lawyer you consider hiring is experienced in the type of legal services you need. Given the diversity and complexity of law, lawyers will often specialise in specific areas.
These are some other things that you'll need to think about:
Who exactly would you work with?
What are their credentials; do they have the relevant experience to undertake your work?
- How much experience do they have working with clients in similar situations?
What are the payment terms? Whether a fixed fee or an hourly rate, you'll want some idea of what it will cost you in the end.
- Do they have any questions for you? A good lawyer will be focused on your situation and needs.
The right lawyer will do more than dispense legal advice; they will approach your problem strategically, and apply technical skill to address the nuances that differ within each area of law. They will educate you as much as possible and act as a guide so that you can make the best decision for yourself.
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