Choosing the right Massachusetts lawyer

By Attorney Chesley Oriel, Framingham Massachusetts

When you are in need of a Massachusetts Lawyer, one of the most difficult decisions to make is trying to decide which Lawyer is the right one for you. Many times people ask their friends, relatives, or business associates for the recommendation of a Lawyer, but it is important to keep in mind that everyone has different needs, and not every Lawyer is a perfect match for every client. Therefore, it is important to interview the Lawyer before you decide to pay him or her a fee.

Most Lawyers will provide a free initial interview and if you are able to find such Lawyers, you should go into the meeting well prepared. It is best to go with a previously prepared list of questions, but do not expect the Lawyer to solve your legal problem for free or to provide free advice. Normally the initial consultation is for the purpose of explaining your problem or concerns to the Lawyer to see if this is a matter they can help you with. Also, it gives you the opportunity to see how comfortable you are with the Lawyer and whether or not you feel that the Lawyer will provide you with the kind of legal services you are looking for.

It is also important to keep in mind that although a Lawyer may not handle the kind of legal matter you have, the Lawyer should be able to recommend someone who does.

In addition, you should never be afraid to ask the Lawyer questions about their practice, their “response” time in returning phone calls, and their availability to handle your problem on a timely basis.

Sometimes when individuals are looking for a Lawyer, they are deeply involved in their “problem” on an emotional basis. It is always best to try and make a well reasoned decision and trying to keep emotions out of that decision. It can be helpful to bring a friend or relative to your first meeting with the Lawyer so that they can observe, and provide you with their input, after the meeting.

It is also important to discuss the fee arrangements at your first interview meeting so that you can know what to expect if you decide to hire that Lawyer.

The bottom line is that you need to feel comfortable with your choice as you do not want to change Lawyers in the midst of a matter that is being litigated.

If you do your homework, you should be able to make the right choice.

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