How to Find a Good Lawyer

While some legal problems may be minor enough to handle oneself, there comes a time when professional legal assistance is needed. However, many people aren’t sure how to find a good lawyer.

Ideally, you want to find someone who specializes in the relevant area of law and has quite a few years of experience.

Here are a few tips to help you find the best lawyer for you.

  • Recommendations 

The best method of finding a reputable lawyer is to ask around for recommendations. Family, friends, neighbors and co-workers are always a great source of information and advice. Ask them if they know of any good lawyers who specialize in the area of law in which you need assistance.

Make sure that the person giving you the lawyer referral had actually hired the lawyer to take care of their legal matter, and that they were satisfied with their work performance.

You may also want to ask any lawyers you know to refer you to a qualified legal practitioner.

  • Online Lawyer Finder Directories & Review Websites

If you cannot get a recommendation from someone you know, the internet is a great source for lawyer listings. Not only will you likely find a variety of lawyer directories, but also lawyer review websites such as AVVO among others.

  • Local Bar Association Lawyer Referral Services

Most county Bar Associations have lawyer referral services that can provide you with the names and telephone numbers of local member lawyers experienced in the appropriate area of law. Usually there is a reduced fee for a half-hour consultation. After that, you can discuss the fees going forward.

  • Online Freelance Legal Professionals

Another option if you are seeking legal assistance on a budget, is to hire a legal professional from an online freelance website such as Upwork, among other similar sites.

In addition to being less costly than hiring a lawyer the traditional way, you also get to contract for legal services à la carte for circumstances where you only need a legal professional to provide very limited legal assistance, such as conducting legal research or drafting a Complaint or Motion for example.

  • Legal Aid Agencies

There are a variety of legal aid agencies that provide legal assistance for free or on a sliding scale to people otherwise unable to afford to hire a lawyer. Typically, these legal aid agencies provide limited legal assistance in very specific legal areas.

If you need criminal legal assistance and cannot afford a lawyer, you may qualify for legal representation through your county Office of the Public Defender.

Do Your Homework

Regardless of the method you choose to hire a lawyer right for your circumstances, you should always check with your State Bar to find out about a lawyer’s credentials and if they have a history of any disciplinary actions against them.

You can search for state specific legal resources here.

The information on this website is intended as general legal information only and should not form the basis of legal advice of any kind. Individuals seeking specific legal advice should consult a lawyer.



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New Jersey lawyer turned blogger, podcaster and legal changemaker.