Introduction: How to Hire a Lawyer

So you have a legal problem and you want an attorney to help you deal with it. What next? Your first step is to decide what type of attorney you will need. The nature of your problem will help define the type of lawyer you need. If you are not sure which field of law your problem falls, ask an attorney, browse through the legal categories on Any licensed lawyer can generally take on any type of matter within the state(s) he or she is admitted to practice.

But not all attorneys are equally skilled or qualified to practice in any area. There are those that offer a wide array of services (simple contracts, forming a nonprofit, uncontested divorces, probating a simple uncontested will); then there are those that cater to specific areas, such as criminal or personal injury issues, family, estate planning, or bankruptcy. In some states, there are certification programs for lawyers that wish certification for areas of legal expertise or specialization. A few go even further and become more narrow sub-specialists (such as pharmacy law, eviction law, dog law or poverty law).

There are also those that are plaintiff oriented versus defense. For example, an attorney who represents employees often does not represent employers. The same thing applies to landlord-tenant cases.

Once you’ve figured out what type of lawyer you are looking for, you’re ready to start searching for the right fit. Which Lawyer is Right for the Job

Introduction: How to Hire a Lawyer
Chapter 1: Which Lawyer is Right for the Job?
Chapter 2: Attorney Fees
Chapter 3: Attorney Fee Agreements and Bills
Chapter 4: Low and No-Cost Options for Legal Representation
Chapter 5: The Attorney-Client Relationship
Chapter 6: Lawyers and Communication
Chapter 7: Lawyers and Competence
Chapter 8: Lawyers and Confidentiality
Chapter 9: Lawyers and Conflicts of Interest
Chapter 10: Mad at Your Lawyer?
Chapter 11: Questions You Should Ask a Prospective Attorney