To perform a background check on an attorney, examine his records at the county, state and national levels, especially if he practices law in several states. An individual can visit the official website of a state's bar association to check if the prospective attorney is in good standing and search for any records of disciplinary actions against him, suggests CriminalWatchDog. An individual can find online articles and malpractice investigations involving the lawyer by typing his name on a search engine.
Another method to check the background of a potential lawyer is to visit the American Bar Association's referral site or use online attorney review sites, recommends CriminalWatchDog. Moreover, an individual can view the national sex offender registry list provided by the U.S. Department of Justice national sex offender public website or use a sex offender search tool.
If anything negative comes up during a background check, an individual should request that the prospective lawyer provide an explanation regarding the issues uncovered and perform further research to confirm the findings, advises CriminalWatchDog. The individual should consider the attorney's track record in handling cases similar to his own and the overall compatibility with him.
An individual should choose a lawyer with whom he feels comfortable and who does not have disciplinary actions relevant to the particular situation, notes CriminalWatchDog. It's best to select another lawyer if the potential attorney has multiple red flags.