If lawyers are a dime a dozen, why is a good lawyer so hard to find? The answer may have a lot more to do with your own due diligence than any cliches about lawyers. As you consider whether and how to hire a lawyer to assist your business, or any other legal issue for that matter, there are a number of things you can do to improve the chances of finding the right lawyer for your issue.
Before you even start looking for a lawyer, the first question you should ask is what kind of a lawyer do I need? In today’s complex economy, lawyers have become highly diversified by practice area, meaning that different lawyers tend to focus their practices in different areas of the law. Some lawyers may focus strictly on intellectual property law or even specific types of intellectual property while other lawyers may focus solely on business transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions, just to name a few practice areas. As a result, if you are starting a new business and looking for a lawyer to assist with any other legal needs, such as forming a new business entity,it is possible to engage a lawyer who has devoted a material portion of his or her practice to assisting small businesses with the specific needs and legal issues that confront new business ventures.Once you have identified the type of lawyer you need, the next step will probably be to identify specific lawyers in that area who can assist you. Here, there are many ways one might go about doing this, including searching the internet, the Yellow Pages or using a lawyer referral service.Other methods may involve personal efforts on your part, like asking friends, colleagues or consultants for a referral.When you have identified one or more specific lawyers to consider continue to research further. In addition to confirming that the lawyers you are considering are qualified to represent you or your new business in the specific area of law at issue, perhaps equally or more important is to make sure you find a lawyer whose personality and practice style are a good fit for you. In this regard, there are a number of specific issues to consider, such as the following:
1. Does the attorney have experience in the area of law or matter at issue?