4 Tips for Finding an Attorney in Wisconsin

Finding an attorney in Wisconsin is easy. Finding the best attorney for your specific legal issue, however, can be quite difficult unless you know what to look for. If you follow these tips, you should have a better chance of finding your ideal attorney.

Tip #1: Identify Your Legal Issue.

Identify your legal issue. This is second nature to attorneys but can be confusing to the public. Ask yourself, why do I specifically need an attorney? After you have thoroughly thought about and answered this question, it will help you narrow down the list of attorneys considerably.

Tip #2: Research Attorneys Who Concentrate in the Area Most Related to Your Issue.

Research attorneys who concentrate in the area most related to your issue. If you have just been arrested, you probably need a criminal defense attorney. If you are getting divorced, you’d want to speak with a family law attorney. If you are having financial difficulties, consider talking with a bankruptcy attorney. When doing your research, focus on client feedback and the attorney’s reputation within his or her legal community. Does the attorney have positive client reviews? Is the attorney respected by his or her peers? Has the attorney been disciplined by a licensing authority? These are all things you will want to know before scheduling a consultation, and there are plenty of resources online to help you with your research.

Tip #3: Consider a Reputable Referral Service.

To streamline the process, consider a reputable attorney referral organization. For example, the State Bar and Waukesha County bar offer free lawyer referral services to people looking for an attorney specific to their legal issue and in their geographical area. These services match you with an attorney in your area who should be well suited to assist you with your legal needs.

Tip #4: Schedule and Make Use of a Consultation.

Once you have done your research and have narrowed your list to a few potential attorneys, you still want to make sure that attorney is the right fit. If the attorney offers free consultations, use that consultation to ask general questions about your case, keeping in mind that until an attorney-client relationship is formed, attorneys cannot give you legal advice but should nonetheless be able to provide you helpful information and an overview of his or her services and fee structure. Some attorneys bill hourly, others charge a flat fee, and in some cases, an attorney might consider taking your case on a contingency fee basis. At the consultation, you should also be able to gauge whether the attorney will be responsive and able to handle your case in a professional manner. If the attorney is unable to take on your case for reasons such as a conflict or has too heavy of a caseload, ask whether he or she knows of an attorney who would be able to take on your case.



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