GENERAL GUIDELINES TO FINDING THE RIGHT LAWYER
The membership directory of the Virginia Bar Association is an excellent place to start to find qualified attorneys in your area of litigation.
- Some websites, such as LawHelp.org, focus on helping low-income individuals find attorneys.
- Cross reference reviews from more than one website. This will help counter any bias in reviews you find.
As you would with almost anything else, get referrals and recommendations from friends and family. Find out who they hired, for what type of service, if they were happy with the services, and why or why not. Ask if they would recommend the attorney.
As you review each attorney’s website, look for information about the type of law the attorney practices. In addition, look for background information on the attorney, such as his or her law school and areas of specialization.
- Look for some general information about the type of legal issue you need help with, including a frequently asked questions (FAQ) section, or a blog with articles pertaining to your legal issue. The best attorneys maintain well-developed websites offering good and current information.
- Most attorneys’ websites will provide information about each attorney working for the firm. Review each attorney’s educational background and work history.
- Look for an attorney with at least three to five years of experience practicing the type of law for your case.
- Check attorneys on social media such as Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook. How an attorney conveys his or her social presence to the public may provide some tips on how well you may work together.
“If you have ten thousand regulations, you destroy all respect for the law.”
― Winston S. Churchill
“And although I broke a lot of laws as a teenager, I straightened out immediately upon turning eighteen, when I realized the state had a legal right to execute me.”
― George Carlin
“At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.”
“Law is nothing other than a certain ordinance of reason for the common good, promulgated by the person who has the care of the community.”