What sort of questions should I ask?
Ask about the lawyer's experience and areas of practice. How long has the lawyer been practicing law? How long has the person's law firm been open? What kinds of legal problems does the lawyer handle most often? You may also want to inquire whether the lawyer has malpractice insurance. In most states, a lawyer is not required to carry malpractice insurance, but whether a particular lawyer has coverage is something that might factor into your decision to hire that lawyer. Finally, you should find out whether the lawyer will ask you to sign a "retainer agreement." This agreement will spell out what the lawyer will do for you, and what you will agree to do in turn, including terms of payment to the lawyer. The lawyer may or may not be required to give you a retainer agreement, depending on the kind of case and rules in your particular state, but it is always helpful to have the terms of the representation set out in writing.
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