If you or a loved one happens to find yourselves in a position to need legal representation, regardless if it is a personal issue/case, civil case/matter, corporate case/matter, or a criminal case/matter, you can rest assured that New York’s legal industry has the right one for you. Since the need for legal representation can be a stressful and sticky situation, you want to make sure you pick the right law office New York has to offer. Here are some tips that can help you do just that.
1.Choosing a Law Office for Your Needs
The first thing you will want to do is to look for law offices that specialize in the area of law in which you need. There are many law offices that will practice in different areas of the law while specializing in certain ones, so you have an option of securing one for your specific need at the moment, or you can choose one that specializes in the ‘now’ need but practices other areas as well. With the latter you can build a relationship in the event you require legal advice or representation in the future.
After you have decided which type of law office for your needs, you can begin focusing on the charges and what you can afford to pay for services. The fees among law offices vary with their fee schedules. Some of them charge a flat rate for certain types of legal matters. Some will charge by the hour. You can expect that the law office or attorney will require a retainer which is an up-front security fee for their service.
There is an exception to the fees charged by law firms that handle personal injury, civil cases, medical malpractice and some employment law offices will provide their services on a percentage basis. A percentage basis means that they will work on your case and upon conclusion of it, they will take a percentage of the monies paid to you from your case if you receive any. The percentage is discussed up front and must be agreed upon before any representation will take place.
It will be necessary to contact the law office New York provides for you in order to get the rates and/or fee schedule.
Once you have chosen a few to compare, you should check the credentials of each of them whether it is a law office, New York practicing attorney, or firm. You can find a wealth of this information online. Because of the growth of the world wide web, many New York legal representatives display their accomplishments online on their web sites. You can find out their age, years in practice, as well as, client testimonials.
There are some companies, which also can be found on the internet, that will provide, for a small fee, detailed information about the law office New York practicing attorney, or law firm you are considering.