A good lawyer should be your staunchest ally. You should feel that your lawyer is acting in your best interests at all times and keeping you informed every step of the way.
Evaluate a lawyer in the same way you would a physician, your child’s pediatrician, or an accountant. Is this person someone you can trust and someone you feel comfortable with? Is this person knowledgeable and can he or she explain issues to you in a clear, concise way?
Even if you already have a lawyer, or the deceased’s lawyer is prepared to work with you, if you do not feel comfortable with him or that person in any way, you are 100 percent entitled to find someone else. Do not let anyone bully, belittle, or coerce you into working with someone you don’t feel is right for you.
Ask for referrals from friends and take the time for an exploratory phone call or meeting.
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The American Bar Association lists lawyers and legal resources by state as well as free legal help and court information.
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