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3 Questions to Ask an Attorney Before Hiring Them

 Posted on January 16, 2019 in Criminal Law

When you’re in need of legal help, you want to make sure you find a lawyer that’s right for you. In this article, we are going to outline a few questions you should ask your attorney before you hire them.

What are Your Credentials & Experience?

The first and most basic thing you need to confirm is that your attorney has the necessary credentials and experience. Ask where they went to law school and how long they’ve been practicing law. A young associate who just graduated from law school last year is going to have a lot less experience than an attorney with 20 years under their belt.

Have You Handled Cases Like This Before?

It’s important to hire an attorney who has experience with cases like yours. There are many different areas of law and most attorneys are not experts in every single sub-specialty. Instead, most lawyers focus on a few practice areas. You want to make sure you hire a lawyer who specializes in your area of law. So if you’ve been arrested for a drug crime, ask your attorney if they’ve handled drug cases before. If they haven’t, find another attorney with experience in that area of law.

What Results can I Expect?

It’s also a good idea to make sure you and your attorney are on the same page as far as expectations go. If you’re facing criminal charges, ask them what they think you can expect. They may not give you a concrete answer but it’s a good way to manage expectations.

Get a Free Consultation on Your Case

At Appelman Law, we offer free initial consultations to our clients so you can speak with one of our attorneys at no cost. If you’re dealing with a criminal or civil matter, don’t hesitate to contact us today. Our attorneys can walk you through your legal options and ensure that your rights are upheld at all times. We have decades of experience providing legal representation to clients throughout the Chicago area. Contact us today at our Naperville office to talk with one of our lawyers!

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