Individuals can find an attorney with a good reputation by checking legal specialty groups and websites that offer independent legal referrals, Consumer Reports recommends. They may also inquire from family members, friends or other professionals to get referrals to reputable attorneys, according to Forbes.
Friends who have personal experiences with particular attorneys are a good source of recommendations, and since lawyers tend to know fellow professionals, they can refer a good attorney, says Forbes. Once a suitable candidate is found, an individual can set up an initial meeting and cross-examine him to determine whether he is likely to handle a case well based on aspects such as his level of organization, listening and observation, Consumer Reports states.
Some legal specialists are active members of professional associations, which are instrumental in regulating members’ conduct and in helping someone find a good attorney, states Consumer Reports. They include the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and the National Association of Consumer Advocates, which provide useful legal information and often have rosters of their members.
Independent referrals websites such as Lawyers.com let individuals find lawyers based on client ratings, location or the issues they handle. Consumers can get an accurate picture of client reviews by checking out lawyers with substantial ratings or their background information, recommends Consumer Reports. Some sites let consumers check an attorney’s disciplinary record, so they can cull the best attorney from a list of potential candidates.