By Stephen Bloom | January 8, 2010
As much mischief as lawyers instigate, there really are times in life when you do need to hire a lawyer. Whether it’s properly documenting your estate plan or a major transaction, or understanding your legal options in any number of complex situations, good advice from a good lawyer will sometimes be indispensable.
So how do you find one?
And, most importantly, how do you find one who shares your Christian worldview?
While word-of-mouth referrals from satisfied clients are often your best resource, there are useful Christian lawyer referral services being (or soon to be) offered nationally in the U.S.
Christian Lawyer Connection provides “a way in which people who are seeking the guidance of a Christian attorney can gain easy access to multiple, self-professed, local Christian attorneys.” The service is free to consumers.
Inclusion of a lawyer on these referral lists doesn’t necessarily mean they’re a good lawyer or one who shares your worldview, so you still have to do your homework. The consumer rule of “buyer beware” certainly applies in hiring a lawyer. Once you’ve narrowed your choices, start by asking them these five questions, and then ask any other questions especially important to you.
Consumer tip: Don’t wait until a legal crisis is blowing up in your face to choose your lawyer. Start an attorney-client relationship now, while you have time to consider your options and carefully make your selection. Then, if and when a difficult situation emerges, you’ll know where to turn for help or a solid referral.
Question: How have you found a good Christian lawyer?