Inevitably when one comes to need an attorney most initially go directly to their favorite search engine. Now does the ranking on the search engine have anything to do with the ability of the lawyer to effectively represent you, of course not! Search engines reward advertising, that is how they make their money. A lawyer can pay to be #1 on a search engine return whether they have one month of experience or ten years. Also, be weary that review sites should only be used as a guide because of course no attorney will recommend an upset client write a review and keep in mind that just because someone might get one bad review, that some people, believe it or not are simply incapable of accepting responsibility for their own actions and want to blame someone else, who better than the attorney that "screwed them." When crimes are committed, sometimes believe it or not even a great attorney can't change the evidence.
The best way to ultimately select an attorney is to speak with them at a minimum over the phone, but preferably in person. Most attorneys will offer a free consultation to prospective clients so take advantage. You should feel the attorney is caring, understanding and, of upmost importance, knowledgeable in the area of practice in which you need assistance. Don't just select the cheapest attorney, I cannot stress this enough. I can't tell you how many times someone has to my firm after they hired an inexpensive attorney and to their shock the attorney didn't have a clue what they were doing or was not returning their phone calls, etc.
So, yes do some research, but please for the love of all that is holy do not rely upon everything you read, much of it is hyperbole. Sit down with your prospective attorney and have a discussion about what you need, if they are capable of providing that service and decide on the best person for the job, not the cheapest or the firm with the best radio or tv ad, they are only doing those ads to get you in the door and most of the time couldn't care less about the outcome of the case.
by Nate Webb