Most of us do not require the services of an Ottawa law firm on an ongoing basis, but legal issues can crop up in anyone’s life, and often unexpectedly. It is in these sudden situations that having a lawyer’s advice or service is at the very least helpful, and most, critically important. Different circumstances call for different expertise, so it can be a daunting task narrowing the field to find a lawyer that is the best fit for you-as well as will best serve your particular legal needs. Thankfully, though, there are tips and guidelines that will help simplify your search:
1. Word of Mouth is #1: Much the same way you might identify a good accountant or mechanic, obtaining an Ottawa law firm recommendation from family, friends, colleagues or contacts never fails to be the number one way people connect with reputable and trustworthy counsel. Even a lawyer practicing in a different area of law can prove valuable in connecting you to someone who can help your case.
2. First Impressions Count: Trust your instinct on what feels like a good fit. Take your short list of recommendations and set up meetings with lawyers at prospective Ottawa law firms. In a nutshell, a lawyer is working for you-sometimes under what can be stressful or difficult circumstances-so it makes sense that you feel comfortable and confident that the person or firm you hire is honest, trustworthy, and has your best interests in mind.
3. Success is Not a Just a Best Guess: Any reputable Ottawa law firm will likely be one step ahead in offering clear communication, answering some important questions before you even need or think to ask; nevertheless, before moving ahead with retaining a lawyer, make sure the stage is set so there are no unwelcome surprises or disappointments. For example, just as important as the issue of rapport, is the assurance that a lawyer has experience in handling cases such as yours-and has evidenced positive outcomes! For that matter, have a conversation regarding the chance of, and the effort needed for, a satisfactory outcome in your own situation.
4. Key Questions Clarify Details: Be aware of time and cost; make sure rates and payment plans, even all projected costs, are clearly outlined, preferably in writing. An experienced lawyer may be well worth the price, but you need to be able to afford the cost. Finally, obtain an estimate of the time frame needed to handle your case through to the end.
Legal representation exists to serve you, protect you, and seek just outcomes for you; when you know where to start, partnering with an Ottawa law firm is a decision that you can make with utmost confidence and security.