The most commonly-asked questions about getting a lawyer are often either “how do I find a really good lawyer?” or “how do I find out if a lawyer is any good?” The answer is there are a lot of ways for you to research an attorney before you make a choice.
The classic way to find an attorney you can trust is by word of mouth from friends, family, or co-workers, and that still holds true. Word of mouth remains one of the most powerful ways for positive recommendations to travel in a community and help connect the right lawyer with the right clients.
But you don’t have to take it on faith these days that a recommendation is good—there are plenty of other ways to find good information about whether an attorney is the right fit for you.
How to Find Out More About an Attorney
One primary source of information about an attorney is to check directly with The Florida Bar. The Florida Bar regulates attorneys and paralegals state-wide. If an attorney is board certified by The Florida Bar, he or she is recognized as having special knowledge, skills, and proficiency in a particular area of the law. Only board-certified attorneys are allowed to use terms like “Specialist” or “Expert” when referring to their legal credentials.
Another common source of information about an attorney is using an independent lawyer rating service such as Avvo. Avvo ranks attorneys from 0 to 10, with 10 being the highest rank. Like many similar services, Avvo also has reviews from clients and other attorneys to help you make your decision. You can visit my profile on Avvo to see what it looks like and for more information about me and my practice.
Superlawyers is another popular site with a sophisticated ranking system to determine the best lawyers. This site identifies the top five percent of attorneys in every region and in every subject matter.
Finally, don’t forget to check the attorney’s own website. You may be able to read testimonials from past clients, details about the areas of law that he or she practices in, biographical information, and find helpful legal posts in a blog or article library, if available.
Choosing the Right Attorney for Your Needs
It’s important to do your homework before you agree to sign on with an attorney. If your research shows that you have found someone who is board certified by The Florida Bar, has a 10.0 on Avvo, and is recognized by Superlawyers.com, chances are good that you have found an attorney worth your time. Your next step is to arrange a consultation, where you can make the final decision about whether the attorney is the right fit for your legal needs.
If you have further questions or need legal help right now, The Law Offices of Robert Malove are here to serve you. We will stand up for your legal rights and fight for you in a court of law. Call us or use our online contact form to arrange a consultation with us today.