Finding the right attorney to represent your case can be tasking, stressful, and expensive. Which is why agencies have worked on tailoring programs to bring free or low-cost legal aid.
There are many factors to consider before choosing legal aid and we have narrowed them down in a way that makes choosing an attorney less intimidating.
Before meeting with an attorney offering legal aid, do your research. In today’s world of publicly accessed information, it’s easy to give your lawyer a quick Google search. Review the lawyer’s background, client reviews, and records on the State Bar’s website. We found that contacting past clients to ask about their experience with the case and lawyer has dramatically increased security and success.
Prepare Your Questions
It’s your case, allow yourself to pick your attorney, don’t let the attorney pick you. We have put together a few questions you should consider asking your attorney:
- How long do these types of cases take?
- Have you handled cases like mine?
- What was your experience/outcome?
- Do you have assistance with the case? (Assistants, paralegals) How much can I expect in costs?
- What are my alternatives?
- What is your background in these types of cases?
- What does your success rate look like?
- When was the last time you lost a case and what would you have done differently?
- How many cases have you handled?
- What are the possible outcomes?
Finding appropriate legal aid can take time if you don’t know exactly what you are being charged for. Some cases are harder than orders when it comes to hoping to get legal aid so if you are being tried in civil court or facing criminal charges is of importance. Some attorneys don’t offer legal aid based on the severity of the case. Someone facing non-criminal charges have a better chance of being helped with legal aid fees than someone charged with a criminal charge. Factors like marital status, criminal background, and individual background.
Saving On Legal Fees
Fortunately, finding legal aid is becoming easier and easier as legal aid agencies become well known and reputable. In addition, you may be able to get assistance from a pro bono attorney for your case. Several attorneys take pro bono cases as contribution to their community and for professional growth. The Association of Pro Bono Counsel continues to see an increase of membership growth as more attorneys practice pro bono law. Contact your local bar association to find available legal assistance.
Consulting Your Attorney
Get to know your attorney. Most attorneys offer an initial consultation to determine if you have a case. Take advantage of the initial consultation to determine if the attorney is the right fit for your case. Find out which attorneys are available in your area and request an initial consultation.