5 Things to Keep in Mind When Looking for an Attorney

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Hiring an attorney isn’t really something that most people think about, until they suddenly need one. That means the majority people don’t really know what to look for when they do have to find an experienced attorney in South Florida. If you find yourself searching for one of the best lawyers in West Palm Beach and beyond, here are 5 things you may want to keep in mind:

1) One of the first questions you may have is where to find a great attorney in South Florida. With all the TV ads, billboards and website banners, it can seem overwhelming know where to start and whom to trust. That’s why I suggest to start by asking your friends, family, and colleagues. See if they know or can refer you to someone they have had a positive interaction with. Now you may think, “But I don’t want them to know my personal business.” We understand. Maybe you’ve met an attorney and have their business card tucked away somewhere. Dust off that business card and give them a call. If they can't help you, ask them to refer you to someone who can.

2) The next thing you may be wondering is if your needs will be better served by a big firm or a small firm. Here at Sachs Sax Caplan, we have over 30 attorneys and 32 support staff, offering you all the resources of a big firm while also being able to give you and your case the personal attention that comes with a boutique firm, which we consider as the best kind of firm to solve all legal of your needs.

3) Now that you’ve found some attorneys with whom you are interested in meeting, the next step is to schedule a time to determine who is the right fit for you and your needs. Think of this meeting as somewhat of an interview and, as you would for any interview, do your due diligence beforehand. Check out their websites and read about their firms’ previous cases to help you get a sense of who they are and how they can best serve you.  On Sachs Sax Caplan’s website, you can find our experienced attorneys'  areas of practice including their biographies identifying their education, experience and community involvement clearly listed for easy recognition. 

4) When scheduling a meeting with a potential attorney or firm in South Florida, I always recommend that you meet in person, if possible. This gives you a chance to see their space and meet support staff, making a more personal connection with any potential attorney and their firm. If an in-person meeting isn’t possible, phone and video meetings are also great ways to interact and build rapport with a potential attorney.

5) The fifth and most important thing to keep in mind is that just because you’ve met with your potential attorney, even if you have both agreed to move forward with representation, an attorney is not YOUR attorney until you’ve been given a retainer agreement that you have reviewed, signed, and given it back to the attorney, along with anything else the retainer agreement requires. Only then is an attorney officially at your service.

If you find yourself looking for an experienced South Florida attorney, please contact Sachs Sax Caplan at 561-994-4499. We would be more than happy to connect with you to discuss your case to see if we can be of assistance.

Angela Prudenti

Angela Prudenti is a Principal in the Litigation department concentrating her practice in Commercial Litigation, Bankruptcy & Appeals. Learn more about Angela and how to contact Sachs Sax Caplan HERE.

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