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A major part of any case–it doesn’t matter if it is civil or criminal–is finding a good lawyer. Here are some steps you can take to find a good lawyer in Virginia.

 

  1. Know what kind of attorney you need. Is it a criminal case like DWI, assault, or DUI? A civil case, like divorce? There are lawyers that specialize in everything you can imagine.
  2. Search online for someone in your area.
    1. Yelp rates lawyers
    2. the Better Business Bureau has listings and ratings
    3. You can even get suggestions from social media contacts
  3. Law firms come in all sizes. Use bigger ones for high-dollar cases, and small ones for little things like making your will.
  4. Review the lawyer’s (or firm) website.
    1. Are they professional?
    2. What organizations are they involved with?
    3. What kind of information do they have about
      1. their staff
      2. local legal issues
    4. The more resources they have, the better.
  5. Sit down and meet the lawyers that interest you.
    1. Nothing beats face-to-face for evaluating communication styles
    2. ALWAYS bring whatever questions you want to ask (write them down before you even make an appointment)
    3. Take notes on the answers you get
    4. ALWAYS find out what they charge by the case or by the hour
  6. Cut the list of attorneys you met down to two.
    1. One of them is likely the be the best choice
      1. What you learned by talking to him or her is part of how to decide
      2. Do you feel one will do a better job than the other?
  7. Make a decision and sign an agreement with that lawyer.

 

It sounds like a long list of things to do, but if you stick with it, you’ll make a better choice. We have worked with MANY of the lawyers in the DMV, and we know this is a good way to decide who is best for you.

 

The last thing you want, when you’re in front of a judge, is a lawyer you can’t work with; better to get things straight before you’re in the courtroom.

 

Let us know if there’s anything we can do to help you. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.