If you decide you are going to fight a garnishment in court , you need to find the right lawyer.
This doesn’t just mean the one who is going to win. It means you need to find an attorney who has the exact talent needed for the situation and the people skills to help you through the process.
Just Googling for attorneys or picking one at random from the phone book isn’t going to help. You’re going to need to do some work to truly find the lawyer best qualified to help you out of the mess you are in.
There are plenty of referral services available both online and locally. It’s especially important to use a referral service if you’re trying to find a specialist. Attorneys are just like doctors. There are cases when a general practitioner is fine and then there are times when you need an expert with detailed knowledge in a specific area.
Word of mouth is the best advertising in any profession and law is no different. Your family members, friends, coworkers or clients have certainly had to make use of legal counsel sometime. Ask around and you’ll come up with many referrals and even names of some attorneys to avoid.
Don’t just ask for names. Get detailed information about the attorney’s personality, style and methods to really get a feel for whether they would be a good fit for you.
Turn off the TV
This may be a generalization, but it bears telling. If an attorney advertises on your local stations during daytime TV, move on. These lawyers often rely on sales pitches like “no fee unless we win” or “you are guaranteed to win your case” and there’s no way they can back up these claims. A good attorney will not claim they can work for cheap or assure victory before knowing the details of a case.
Make Some Calls
Once you’ve gotten some names from referral services, business associates, family and friends, it’s time to narrow down the list. A phone call is free and some lawyers may offer a free initial consultation as well. The best approach is to speak with the actual attorney on the phone or in person, describe your specific legal problem and gauge their reaction.
Some areas to focus on:
- Personality: Are you comfortable with the lawyer as a person?
- Knowledge: Do they seem to grasp the issue and have a real plan?
- Experience: Have they worked on cases like this before?
- Fees: Does their fee structure work for your budget?
These four criteria are essential to finding the right lawyer for you; one who not only has the best chance of winning your case, but one who will work best to suit your needs.