10 Things To Think About Before Hiring An Attorney | Attorneys for Freedom Law Firm

10 Things To Think About Before Hiring An Attorney

Marc J. Victor

  • Is the Lawyer Experienced Enough?

Graduating from law school and passing the bar exam is a requirement to practice law. However, new lawyers are generally woefully unprepared to actually represent clients. There is no substitute for real-world experience in all phases of representing clients in legal matters. The most effective lawyers have many years of experience in representing clients in pre-litigation matters, a wide variety of creative settlements, both jury and bench trials at all levels, and both state and federal appeals. Aggressive and effective representation coupled with thinking outside the box requires vast experience in many different situations.

  • Is the Lawyer Too Experienced?

Most people think a lawyer can never be too experienced. Remember, a law firm is a business. Like other businesses, positive referrals are critical to building a business. Lawyers at the end of their careers may not be as motivated or “hungry” to build their businesses as they approach retirement. As such, the “sweet spot” regarding experience is to identify a lawyer with vast experience who is still in the midst of aggressively building his or her practice.

  • Is the Lawyer Excited About My Case?

The best lawyers enjoy what they do and have a genuine passion in their heart for the subject matter rather than merely a desire to earn money. A lawyer who has been personally and actively involved in the general subject matter involved in your case is a good indicator the lawyer is truly interested in your case. Lawyers who often speak publicly or write extensively on the relevant issues are generally more interested in the subject matter and have more passion for the issues involved.

  • Is the Lawyer Going to be Personally Involved in My Case?

Hiring the best lawyer on the planet is meaningless if that lawyer simply hands your case off to an inexperienced associate. No lawyer can personally handle every task required during the representation. However, meaningful involvement in critical decisions is indispensable to effective representation. When hiring an attorney, don’t hire a “big name” lawyer only to be represented by an inexperienced lawyer you never met.

  • Does the Lawyer Stay Current on the Law?

The law is ever-changing. Even the best lawyers can become less effective or even ineffective if they don’t stay current on the law. Good lawyers never rest on their current knowledge base. Rather, they regularly attend both local and national legal seminars to review new cases and discuss emerging strategies with other top lawyers. Your lawyer ought to exceed the required minimum level of continuing legal education hours, and thereby be familiar with the current state of the law.

  • Does the Lawyer Have a Good Reputation?

A lawyer’s reputation is critical in many ways. Lawyers quickly develop reputations with their peers, their adversaries, the state bar, and the judges. A good reputation can greatly assist a lawyer in getting things done or resolving a case. A reputation for honesty, aggressive representation, and professionalism is indispensable to expediting a favorable resolution of a case. Lawyers with the best reputations are often called upon by other lawyers for advice and by the press to serve as legal commentators on high-profile matters. Lawyers with bad reputations can find it more difficult to get things accomplished for a variety of reasons. Good reputations are earned over the long term by consistently displaying certain positive traits.

  • Is the Lawyer Readily Available?

A lawyer who is generally unavailable or hard to reach is a waste of money. Many lawyers are notoriously difficult to reach. Your legal case is critically important to you. Sometimes emergency situations arise which require legal assistance immediately. Lawyers who understand this fact make themselves available 24/7/365 to their clients for such situations. Do not hire a lawyer unless you are confident the lawyer will make you a priority and return all e-mails and telephone calls within 24 hours. An unavailable lawyer is not much better than no lawyer at all.

  • Does the Lawyer Have Good Online Reviews?

The internet makes it easy to learn what past clients have to say about a lawyer. Don’t just rely on hand-picked reviews posted on a lawyer’s website. In addition to a general search on the internet, there are many websites which either rate lawyers or post both good and bad comments about a lawyer. Although one or two negative comments may not be reliable, more could be indicative of a serious problem. Good lawyers generally have many good comments posted by past clients.

  • Is the Lawyer a State Bar Certified Specialist?

In Arizona, the use of the word “specialist” is highly regulated by the State Bar of Arizona. Lawyers are strictly prohibited from referring to themselves as “specialists” in a given area of law unless the state bar has officially certified the lawyer as a specialist. Such certification requires a comprehensive investigation of the lawyer including confidential peer and adversary reviews, a detailed listing of current experience and dedication to the practice area, heightened ethical standards, and additional continuing legal education hours in that practice area.

  • Does the Lawyer Have a Qualified Supporting Team?

Effective legal representation often requires a highly skilled and experienced team of investigators, experts, and support staff. Even the best lawyers can be ineffective without proper investigation into the facts or potential theories. Employing the right expert can also mean the difference between success and failure of a legal representation. There are many tasks paralegals accomplish which can also substantially affect the representation. Good lawyers tend to surround themselves with a highly effective and skilled team of varied specialists who each performs potentially critical roles in a legal representation.

If you are considering hiring an attorney for a legal matter, we would be honored if you would consider our law firm. We would be happy to meet with you in person and answer these 10 questions as they are related to our law firm.

At Attorneys for Freedom, we realize there are many law firms competing for the privilege of representing you in your legal matter. We also realize you have a difficult decision in determining which law firm would best serve your interests. We have worked hard for the past 21 years to distinguish our law firm from the others, and to build a reputation as an aggressive advocate for our clients who offer honest and well-reasoned legal advice. While you browse our website, you will quickly get a feel for what we call our “Commitment to Excellence.”

During the time I served in the United States Marine Corps, I learned to despise mediocrity. I also learned what it meant to be absolutely committed to excellence.

At my law firm, we apply those concepts to every representation we undertake. We take pride in thinking “outside the box” to generate creative solutions to problems. We represent people the way we would want to be represented ourselves. We relate to our clients on a human level rather than just as attorneys and clients. We strive to return all telephone calls and e-mails the same day they are received. We do everything we say we are going to do; in all cases and at all times.

In short, we have built a solid reputation on old-fashioned and well-established principles.

Phillip J.
Phillip J.
14:30 18 Jan 22
Upfront pricing & transparency throughout. Got my case completely dismissed and I’m now able to... move forward with a clean slate. Thank you Marc and Emma and the entire team attorneys for freedomread more
Jared B.
Jared B.
19:48 15 Jan 22
5 stars just isnt enough for Andrew Marcantel, Marc Victor, and the entire staff here.When my... boyfriend was wrongly accused of a totally vile crime, neither of us had any experience navigating the "just-us" system.If you've faced potentially life-altering accusations, and you feel like the system is set up to empower police, prosecutors, judges, and pretty much everyone except you, then you're right! If you want to level the playing feild, Attorneys for Freedom will accomplish that.Some others have commented about the price. Good representation does cost money, unfortunately. What is a persons future worth?Compared to the competition, which is also expensive, the value you will get at this law firm is just unbelievable. Andrew especially is so great at walking you through possible scenerios, guiding you through important decisions, and has the experience to truly get good results. Extremely knowledgeable and creative not just "aggressive". He is also an excellent communicator, both in the office and in the court.Speaking of communication, the paralegal team at even some more expensive law firms will leave you wondering what it is they are paid to do. This is not the case at Attorneys for Freedom. Ashley Crispino and Kaylie Kline did an amazing job at both keeping us in the loop and being available when needed.Reading "Case Dismissed" after what felt like an eternity of fighting was the best outcome we could have ever asked for.I told my Aunt who was very worried about us at the height of all the absurdity that I felt like having Andy on our side was better than prayer. And I was right.read more
Nicholas K.
Nicholas K.
01:07 17 Dec 21
Bad review was due to unfortunate mistake in contact info. Mr. Harris made contact, fixed my file,... and set up the next steps for my request.read more
Daddy D.
Daddy D.
17:44 14 Dec 21
Helped me out with all my attorney needs. Out of state help!
Kira L.
Kira L.
22:12 02 Dec 21
This is my first time ever needing an attorney and my attorney was Kate and she did an amazing job... with my case! Kate took time to go through all of the evidence so she understood everything before going to court. Kate assistant Madalyn was also super helpful and very sweet! Anytime I called she was very understanding and helped me walk through the process when I did not understand something and always had an upbeat positive attitude! If I ever need an attorney again I will definitely being going back to Kate!read more
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