I have no experience with the legal field and the whole process of finding and hiring a lawyer is intimidating. How does this process work?

It can be very intimidating to try and find a lawyer, let alone a good lawyer that is a great match for you. When you are in the midst of a difficult legal issue in your life, the last thing you want is the added stress of finding the right lawyer for you.

The first thing you should do is make sure that your legal issue is one that the lawyer you are considering meeting with specializes in. It will end up saving both you and the lawyer a lot of time and money if you hire the lawyer to do something he or she has expertise in. Next, call and make an appointment, otherwise known as a “consultation.” At this consultation, the lawyer will ask you a lot of questions about your legal issue. At this point an “attorney-client” relationship has formed and everything you say to the lawyer is required to be kept confidential. A lot of topics will be discussed during this initial appointment, such as the different legal options you may pursue, how long your issue will take to be resolved and how much it is likely to cost. As all legal matters are unique, it is really hard to gauge the cost or the time it will entail until you and the lawyer talk your matter through in detail. You are not required at this point to hire the lawyer, but if you feel that the lawyer is a good fit for you and your case, you may hire or “retain” the lawyer. You will likely be asked to produce a “retainer” fee. This retainer fee is essentially proof to the lawyer of your personal commitment to your case, and also guarantees you that the lawyer will set aside time to get your case going and file whatever needs to be filed.

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