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How You Choose a Lawyer To Represent You

criminal-defense-lawyer-4_180x120-150x77Sooner or later, everyone will need a law firm for something. If you are accused of a crime, your freedom, your family, your reputation, your immigration status, and your job may be at stake. The outcome you receive in the criminal justice system depends upon the experience and knowledge of the defense attorney you choose to represent you.

Outlined below you will find a few simple rules that will help you make an informed decision in selecting the right lawyer to represent you, provided by (LegalHelp)

Finding the Right Lawyer

The first thing you need to realize here is that you aren’t looking for a best friend, you’re looking for a lawyer. The qualities you’d want in a friend, are certainly not those you need in your lawyer. You need to always remember you are looking for a professional relationship, and expect nothing more-or less-than professional treatment. In other words, always approach this as the business relationship that it is. The first step to finding the right professional relationship is to remember a couple of “nevers.”

The Nevers When Selecting a Lawyer

Never pick a lawyer based on a television ad. The “Bulldog” and the “Strongarm” might be great if you are looking to hire a professional wrestler or a repo man, but they tend not to impress a judge. And honestly, if you’re the kind of person that is impressed by that kind of bluster and ambulance chasing, you’re probably not going to be reading this article, but just in case you’re tempted-don’t be. The only sure thing you are getting for your money from these lawyers is bad acting-another thing that usually doesn’t go over too well in court.

The second “never” is never hire a lawyer from a phonebook ad. Same general principles apply with the ad-the flashy phone book ads have about zero correlation with quality lawyering. Now, certainly, every lawyer is in the phone book, so, unlike television ads, random choices from the phonebook could very well lead you to a good lawyer. The reason you never want to proceed this way is that there are simply much better ways to go about finding a good lawyer than random chance based upon what catches your eye in the phonebook.

The first place to start when looking for a lawyer is to ask friends, relatives, and acquaintances for recommendations. Equally as beneficial is using the Internet.


As with any business, word of mouth is the best advertising. It is also the best way for you to find out who has done well-or poorly-for people whose judgement you value (or at least can evaluate). Even if no one you know has experience with a lawyer who deals with what you need, you can still get some feedback if you know where to look. For example, if you are selling a house without a real estate agent, you could check with the local title companies to see who they have had good experiences with. Similarly, if you need a lawyer for your small business, you can check with the local chamber of commerce to see who has good relations with the local business community.

Using the Search Engines

Even with all the potential resources out there, you may get stuck when it comes to finding the right lawyer for your needs. Here’s where the Internet is a godsend. Search engines can be utilized to find lawyers in your area.


One other important thing to think about when picking lawyer is specialty-that is, make sure the lawyer you hire is the lawyer you need. In other words, if you need a criminal defense lawyer, don’t hire an estate lawyer, even if he is an old family friend. Similarly, even in civil cases, you want to make sure you have the right specialist to meet your needs. Intellectual property law is far different from property law-make sure your lawyer regularly practices the kind of law you need.

Top Qualities of Top Lawyers

Analytical Skills: A great lawyer has excellent analytical skills and is able to readily make sense of a large volume of information.

Creativity: A great lawyer is creative and able to think of reasonable solutions when problems and unique situations arise.

Research Skills: Preparing a legal strategy generally requires an extensive amount of research. Anyone involved in the legal profession should have excellent research skills to be able to find and comprehend pertinent information.

Interpersonal Skills: Great lawyers and paralegals have excellent interpersonal skills and can develop trusting relationships with everyone they work with.

Logical Thinking Ability: A great lawyer is able to think logically and make reasonable judgments and assumptions based on information presented.

Perseverance: Those working in the legal profession must have perseverance. Often, cases require many hours of work with heavy research and lots of writing. A good lawyer or legal assistant must be willing to put in the time it takes to get the job done.

Public Speaking Skills: A great lawyer has excellent public speaking skills and is comfortable addressing a courtroom. They can also easily handle speaking in front of other groups.

Pursues Continuing Education: Great lawyers stay on top of developments in the legal field and also pursue continuing training. In fact, 48 states require lawyers to earn continuing education credits annually.

Reading Comprehension Skills: Lawyers, paralegals, and other legal professionals should have strong reading comprehension skills to easily understand the complex information encountered in legal research and documents.

Writing Skills: A great lawyer or legal assistant has excellent writing skills which are used in preparing compelling arguments, briefs, motions, and other legal documents.

The above top qualities were selected by LawSchools.

West Palm Beach Criminal Defense Attorney

West Palm Beach lawyer Andrew Stine focuses exclusively on criminal defense cases and has an exceptional track record of results spanning the last ten years. A former public defender and medic for the U.S. Army, Mr. Stine is known for being proactive. He represents his clients aggressively, armed with individual attention and a passionate respect for their rights to due process.

The criminal defense law firm of Andrew Stine, P.A. combines the nationally recognized criminal defense practice of trial and appellate attorney Andrew Stine, creating an international practice encompassing the defense of individuals and corporations facing serious criminal charges in Florida, across the United States and around the world. When you retain our law firm, you don’t simply retain a criminal defense attorney – you retain an experienced criminal defense law team.

Andrew Stine and his team have worked together for years, successfully representing clients in virtually every type of criminal case. We represent individuals and organizations vigorously, with individual attention and a passionate respect for due process, through each stage and every aspect of your case.

Free consultation 24/7: Call West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer Andrew D. Stine, P.A. at (561) 832-1170. Se habla español

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