When should I go see a lawyer?

Even though you may have to pay to go and meet with a lawyer to find out about your rights or your liabilities, it is always better to meet with a lawyer and get advice before you get into a legal dispute or go into court. You should consult with a lawyer when: Planning to enter into a verbal or …

How do I find a lawyer to represent me?

There are many ways to go about finding a lawyer. By talking to friends and family, you are likely to find someone who has hired a lawyer with whom they were pleased. The Virginia Lawyer Referral Service, provided through the Virginia State Bar, can give you the name of a lawyer who practices in your area in the field of …

How do I decide which lawyer to hire?

Some lawyers have a general practice, which means they deal with many types of legal issues. You will also find lawyers who specialize their practice in one field of law. The nature of your legal problem and the amount in controversy may have an impact on the lawyer you want to hire to do the job. Most lawyers will readily …

How do lawyers charge for their services?

There are several common fee arrangements offered by lawyers. With regard to the initial meeting, some lawyers charge their hourly rate, some charge a reduced rate, and some offer free initial consultations. During the initial meeting, do not be shy about asking how you will be charged for legal services if you decide to hire that lawyer. Depending on the …

Is the relationship of a lawyer and client confidential?

With a few exceptions, your lawyer has an ethical obligation to keep secret any information you give him or her as a client. Therefore, you should feel free to tell your lawyer all the facts in your case— even if you think those facts make you look bad or they are not favorable to you. However, your lawyer may in …

What if I believe that my lawyer is not handling my case properly?

You should first raise all questions or concerns about the handling of your case with your lawyer. If you and your lawyer still cannot resolve your differences, you have several options: consider hiring a new lawyer; filing a complaint; mediating or arbitrating a fee dispute; or suing for malpractice. The Virginia State Bar (VSB) provides all individuals with the opportunity …