Quote of the Day - There is never a deed so foul that something couldn't be said for the guy; that's why there are lawyers.
Should you wait until you’re sued to hire a lawyer? At that point, the answer is obviously yes - but what if you haven’t been sued? Do you still need a lawyer? How do you find one?
The best way to hire a lawyer is like everything else - by referral. You more than likely know someone who has been sued. Ask them if they’re satisfied with their lawyer. When you’re asking for a referral, you will want to know the answers to several questions.
Does the lawyer communicate on a frequent basis? Do you get copies of all filings and letters? Does your friend or acquaintance have the lawyer’s home telephone number? Does the lawyer promptly return telephone calls? Does the lawyer send a bill each month? Does the lawyer tell you when hearings are scheduled to allow you to attend and watch the lawyer in action?
You should check to see if your lawyer is licensed. Go to: California State Bar. That site will also tell you whether the attorney has a public record of discipline. You can find more about your lawyer's background information at Martindale-Hubbell. Assuming all is well and you’re hearing the right responses to your questions, go ahead. But first, set up an appointment for a free consultation, and do your own face-to-face evaluation.
If you’re not engaged in a lawsuit, it’s an even better time to hire a lawyer. With the right advice, you can work to avoid being sued, and spending legal fees and costs to defend yourself.