How do I hire a lawyer?
By Attorney Xenophon Peters, Partner, Peters and Associates, LLP
The Las Vegas Valley is a rare location when it comes to lawyers, because of the amount of lawyer advertising that occurs here. We are surrounded by lawyers’ ads on television, radio, billboards and the Internet. Some are serious and some are borderline comedic, but a commercial alone should never be the basis for such an important decision. A commercial should be used only to be “introduced” to a lawyer or law firm, but you still should dig deeper.
Reputation can be vetted by seeing how the lawyer is graded by lawyer rating services such as AVVO, Martindale-Hubbell or Top Lawyer. Still, while such lawyer rating services are helpful, the most accurate source to uncover a lawyer’s reputation can be found by examining prior clients’ reviews and comments. Past client feedback can be found on websites such as Yelp and Google. These websites are an invaluable source to determine a lawyer’s reputation because testimonials cannot be manipulated or edited by the lawyers themselves; they are straight from the horse’s mouth. You should also understand, however, that these comments need to be taken with a grain of salt. You need to be wary of “clients” who may have an interest in making false comments whether the statement is positive or negative.
Also, trust your gut. Ask yourself: Is this someone I relate to? Do I trust them on an instinctual level? Am I getting straight answers to my questions, and do I get a “good feeling” from them? In the end, you may not be able to determine if you made a good choice of lawyer until after the whole process is done, but these tips should help you to make a well reasoned decision at the outset. Happy (lawyer) hunting!
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