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    Christian Client: The First 5 Things to Ask When Choosing a Lawyer

    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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    4. MB Tozer Says:
      January 13th, 2010 at 6:22 pm

      An excellent post.

      Particularly with any referral services or directories, you need to conduct your due diligence to verify that they are genuinely a Christian.

      Here are five more questions to consider asking:

      1. How many years have you practiced _________ (area of practice) law?
      2. What percentage of your practice is devoted to ____________ law?
      3. Will you be handling my case?
      4. How many ____________ cases have you handled in your career?
      5. How many ________________ law cases you have handled in the past 12 months?

    5. lawyer philippines Says:
      January 22nd, 2010 at 2:26 am

      I agree with you. It is you who will suffer later on if the lawyer failed to help you in giving justice that you need. I guess your lawyer cannot sue you for being blunt about important matters anyway.

    6. Marty Reese Says:
      May 3rd, 2010 at 2:51 am

      my friend, i am a fellow Born again Christian and i’m very impressed with your vision concerning infusing Christian ethics, and the practice of Law using Biblical precedence and practicality…

      i want to make this as short and to the point as possible… over the past 2 years the Lord has really broken my heart and given me a burden for the Philippines and the people there, and as i began to pray the Lord has shown me some specific things to pray about and to imploy to help the people of the Philippines to overcome poverty through faith… and now through prayer, the Lord is not only giving me a plan but also bringing in people who share my passion and vision.. To be honest, now the things we are being shown are so substantial that without exaduration would completely change the nation of the Philippines almost overnight.. and implemented properly would also evangelize with the power of the Holy Spirit in truth the people of the Phils in such a way that it indeed would do exactly what God had placed on my heart from the beginning.. to transform the nation through faith, from poverty to paradise… i know it seems rather pie in the sky, and i would be the first to say, why me and why now God.. but i just believe that i can do all things through Christ who strengthens me and believe that God is still who He has always been and His Word is established and true…

      anyway i really want to share with you the revelation that we have been given if for no other reason than to run it past you.. but if you feel so inclined, perhaps you will catch the vision and offer whatever assistance you can towards the spreading of the Good news of the Gospel of Christ and winning potentially millions of souls notwithstanding offering health care and even food relief to the people of the Phils…

      please contact me and i will share with you in confidence what the Lord has given us, as we have a few Doctors and businessmen also involved…

      i will tell you this much up front.. i am a lowly pizza delivery guy from Grand Forks, ND. but for some reason as the Lord has put it on my heart, have created a simple website that the Lord told me to create, and from that God began to move and bring people of like vision together.. and it was a Christian dating site totally unrelated to the plan of which i am speaking…

      anyway, this may be completely off from what you are used to dealing with but it involves the Physical and Spiritual health of an entire nation of people as a ministry/business, and if it works in the Philippines, it could potentially work anywhere in the World…

      i hope perhaps i told you enough to peak your interest, without seeming overly grandious, or being too vague… please contact me through email or by phone if you have the time or are interested in lending an ear… God bless you beyond measure my friend… your friend in Christ, Marty Reese…

    7. Miriam Says:
      August 24th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

      Wonderful site! I was inspired to seek out the Lord in a case as I was promoted to pray over a case and was given the book of Daniel when he prayed and the angel Gabriel came to his Aid . Too much we have relied on Lawyers to win our cases when we have the Lord! Why do we quickly forget to go to the supreme Judge for all our cases? Thank you for your site and taking a stand as a believer