Posted on Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 at 6:59 pm
There is no shortage of attorneys who are more than willing to take your business. However, simply because someone has a law degree and is willing to discuss your case with you does not mean that he or she is competent to handle your particular legal situation.
One of the main goals of this website and my book, Making the Right Choice: A Practical Guide to Choosing an Attorney is to debunk the commonly held belief that anyone with a law degree is capable of handling every existing legal problem. Most lawyers today specialize.
Just as you would not seek the assistance of a podiatrist when your medical needs concern something other than a foot problem, you should not hire an attorney who primarily practices criminal law to draft a will for you.
While this may seem obvious when stated so bluntly, many people are not aware of the complexity of most areas of the law and the fact that it takes a considerable amount of time and effort to keep abreast of one area of law let alone many.
When a lawyer claims to be proficient in a variety of legal fields, you need to be concerned and should question the attorney’s experience prior to retaining him or her. The state of the law today is much different from several decades ago when a lawyer could handle any legal issue that a client might face. The days of the general legal practitioner are gone.
In order to avoid a huge headache later, it is vital to always remember when you are hiring a lawyer that it is your burden as a consumer of legal services to determine whether a lawyer is qualified to handle your particular legal issue. The fact that a person is licensed to practice law does not in itself mean that he or she is competent.
It is also very important to remember that as is the case with any other field or profession, some attorneys are excellent and some are not. You, a potential client, simply need to make sure that your attorney is one of the excellent ones. This can be easily established if you are willing to invest a little time and effort in the process of choosing your counsel.
Click on the book title, Making the Right Choice: A Practical Guide to Choosing an Attorney to get your own personal copy delivered in immediate PDF format or by postal mail. Once you read the book, give me a call to discuss your case.
Bradley Winston, Esq.