Your guide to civil law attorneys

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Planning ahead

Things to know before you get started.
7 Steps to Choosing a Civil Attorney
  1. 1. Research

    Get references from locals online who have used a particular a civil attorney. Ask about the type of law each attorney practices.

  2. 2. Interview

    Make an appointment with two or three attorneys who practice civil trial law. Many attorneys offer a free or low-cost consultation or phone meeting.

  3. 3. Inquire

    Ask about payment practices. Some lawyers collect money only when you receive a settlement. Many attorneys require a specific retainer to begin work. Understand exactly how the attorney is to be paid.

  4. 4. Verify

    Check each attorney’s track record. Check references and determine which attorney suits your needs. Ensure that the attorney understands your desire for the ultimate decision on the case.

  5. 5. Finalize

    Request a written plan from the attorney regarding how he or she plans to pursue your case, and what he or she expects from the settlement. Determine how often you will be billed during the case.

  6. 6. Prepare

    Determine how much information you are able to provide for the case, and work with the attorney to determine which papers or what evidence is gathered. Understand your role in the case.

  7. 7. Pay

    Ensure that the attorney bills at 6-minute increments rather than 15-minute increments to save both time and money.

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