What Makes A Great Lawyer
It has been said that when negotiating a contract, a good result is defined as one that you are happy with. The same can be said when hiring a lawyer. The best lawyer for you isn’t necessarily the best lawyer for someone else. It simply doesn’t make sense to choose a lawyer without considering your specific needs along with the attorney’s strengths and experience. You want to do what you can to ensure a successful outcome.
Every day, we recommend attorneys to people in Illinois who are in need of legal advice. We don’t make these recommendations randomly. Each referral is individual and based on the client’s unique circumstances, needs and preferences. If you want an attorney who speaks Spanish, or someone who has late evening hours, or if you need someone who is known for fighting hard or has had a lot of success resolving disputes through alternative means, we can help.
When you call us, we first talk to you about your situation, answer any questions you have (we are attorneys), and then recommend the Illinois attorney who we believe can give you the best chance of success. We aren’t the ones who will represent you, but we promise to treat you like family and only recommend attorneys we know and trust.
So how do we choose a great lawyer for you? While the following list is not exhaustive, we believe these characteristics are most important:
- The lawyer has extensive experience in the area of law you need, and ideally focuses his or her practice in this area only.
- The lawyer has a proven track record of success.
- The lawyer treats clients with respect and as equal partners.
- The lawyer clearly explains the law to clients and helps clients make informed decisions based on all of the possible outcomes and alternatives to resolving a matter.
- The lawyer communicates with his or her clients. This includes regular written correspondence, returning phone calls and letting the client know of all settlement offers and developments in the case.
- The lawyer is honest and ethical. He or she has a clear understanding that no matter what a case is potentially worth, no case is worth committing a violation of the law or state bar ethical rules.
- The lawyer makes decisions in the best interests of his or her clients, not based on what is easiest or most convenient for his or her schedule.
- The lawyer has a strong reputation in the legal community and has good working relationships with local attorneys, judges and courthouse staff.
- The lawyer does not take cases that are frivolous.
If you are looking for specific characteristics in your attorney, or if you have questions about setting up initial consultations and interviewing potential attorneys, let us know. It’s free to talk to us and you can contact us any time.