Educational Consumer Tips

Attorney Tips

Author: Better Business Bureau

Your goal is to find an attorney with whom you are comfortable. Your case may involve very personal information and your attorney will often need to know many confidential details about you or your business.

A good way to find an attorney is to seek a recommendation from someone you trust. Check to see if the attorney has had any complaints filed against them with the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission at 317.232.1807.

The nature of your legal problem will help define the type of attorney you will want to hire. Often attorneys have one or more specialties, and you want to make sure they have experience in your type of case. The attorney who did a terrific job with your friend's divorce may not have the expertise to take on your auto accident injury matter.

Ask what experience the attorney has in your type of legal matter. Ask for a preliminary outline of how the attorney believes the case should be handled and the time frame for its completion. Ask if they carry malpractice insurance.

Find out how you will be kept informed about the status of the matter or if you will be provided a fee agreement that details fees, expenses, billing and payments. Find out the attorney's hourly fee (if applicable) and ask for an estimate of the total fee.

Keep in mind, some attorneys charge for your first consultation, some don't.