By Stephen Bloom | December 26, 2009
As a client choosing a lawyer, don’t be afraid to ask blunt questions. It’s okay, lawyers are used to it, and there are some things you really need to know.
Get solid answers to these five key questions before you make your legal hiring decision:
1) How much will you charge me? (not only nice to know, but professional ethics rules say lawyers must tell you - and, by the way, don’t be afraid to try negotiating the amount and payment terms)
2) What’s your expertise? (lawyers specialize, just like doctors - but watch out for lawyers straying into areas beyond their expertise, especially in tough economic times when they need more work)
3) How will we communicate? (the lawyer should have a plan to keep you informed - also find out the best way for you to contact the lawyer)
4) Have you been the subject of a disciplinary investigation? (not surprisingly, there are some bad apples in the legal barrel - beware of hiring a lawyer with a track record of ethics complaints)
5) How does your Christian faith speak to issues of the law? (your lawyer should be able to reconcile essential Christian beliefs and values with the practice of law - be sure they will integrate faith into the counsel they give)
If the notion of cross-examining a lawyer seems too intimidating (although it shouldn’t – after all, you’re about to embark on an important and expensive journey together, with potentially life-changing consequences), then just show them a copy of this post and ask, “What do you think?”
Question: What’s most important to you in hiring a lawyer?
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