What Should You Look For In An Attorney
What does it take to become an attorney? Learning more about the qualifications of Phoenix attorneys can help you feel comfortable when choosing an attorney to represent you when you have legal needs.
What Qualifications Should an Attorney Have?
First, an attorney needs a J.D., or Juris Doctor, degree from an accredited law school. They also must be admitted into the bar of the state where they want to practice. An attorney should also be a member in good standing of the state bar association and ideally also a member of the American Bar Association.
Attorneys usually have specific areas of practice. Just as you would not call an electrician to fix a leaky faucet, you would not hire a family law attorney to represent you in a tax matter. Select an attorney that has a track record of success with the type of legal matter you need addressed.
Many attorneys list significant legal victories or cases on their website. This can give you specific insight into their accomplishments. Any attorney should be able to describe what cases they handle and how they can help you, in addition to discussing their personal and professional qualifications.
Picking an Attorney
After you have ensured that a lawyer has the specific qualifications you need, it is important to make sure the lawyer is a good fit with your needs personally. In other words, you must feel comfortable with the attorney. If you do not, then you may not be able to work together to bring your case to the most successful resolution. It is perfectly acceptable to shop around for an attorney that you get along with and who understands your situation. Of course, a good attorney will work for you regardless, but compatibility can put you at ease when discussing your case.
One way to get to know an attorney is to spend time talking with them in person or on the phone. This meeting can help you get a feel for their personality, their legal experience, and how they can help you. If you feel they are a good fit and would be able to represent you well, then it will make hiring them easier. There are many lawyers in Phoenix, so if you aren’t impressed by the first attorney you talk to, keep looking until you find someone you do like.
When looking for an attorney to represent you, we invite you to contact us at May, Potenza, Baran, and Gillespie. Our law firm focuses on a variety of practices. We are happy to answer your questions and help you with your specific circumstances.