How Do I Hire An Attorney?

For those who have minimal contact with attorneys, hiring one can be a daunting task. Forbes offers several tips for hiring the best and most trustworthy attorney for your situation and budget.

As with any recommendation, start with the members of your inner circle (your “network”). Your friends, colleagues, neighbors, and family members will be able to candidly recommend professionals that they have had personal experience with. Even if you are unable to turn up an attorney in your required field, you may be able to get a good recommendation from another attorney.

Another great way to find an attorney is to contact your State’s bar association. The Oklahoma Bar Association Web site has a “Find a Lawyer” page through which you can search for attorneys using a number of fields such as practice area and location. There are many other web sites that can assist you in finding an attorney, such as Martindale,, and FindLaw. Once you have made a shortlist of potential attorneys, check their websites and track records.

Be prepared for your initial consultations. A great question is to ask how many cases the attorney has handled that are similar to yours, and what the various outcomes were. Finally, make sure you fully understand how the attorney will bill for his/her services, should you choose to hire him or her.

Here are a few things I like to cover when I first meet with a potential client:

    • 1. Liability Issues

a. Think “who’s at fault,” and how to prove it

2. Damages

a. What did you sustain as a result of this?

b. What are you wanting to recover for?

i. Medical Bills

ii. Lost Income

iii. Pain & Suffering

c. Are these directly related to the claim?

3. Time Frame

a. Lawsuits can take a long time

4. How the law firm is getting paid

a. Attorneys must clearly write out a contingency fee

b. Make sure you know how the attorney’s fee is calculated before you sign anything.

5. Previous claims

a. Have you had to deal with an insurance company before?

b. Have you been involved in any type of lawsuit before?

6. If this is a personal injury case, what types of injuries have you had before?

Like most things, it’s a good idea to get a second opinion. I think it’s a good idea to visit with several different attorneys before signing up with one. Make sure you and the attorney get along!