Always an important concern is price. How much does the attorney charge?
Attorneys have different billing rates based, which are mostly based on their experience and number of years in practice. Some attorneys only bill hourly and/or take retainers, while some will also charge a flat fee or take a percentage of income. Take serious consideration of what the attorney quotes you and whether you can afford it. An attorney will not be happy if you think you can afford their rate and then rack up a large bill you cannot pay.
There is one point I need to address because I feel a lot of people do not understand it. Lawyer’s rates are based on time expended on a matter, experience, years of schooling and learning a skill. It is different than walking into a store and getting a product. Many people seem to feel that they should not have to pay for legal services because they do not walk out of the office with a tangible product in hand. When you pay an attorney, you are paying for that person’s time and skill. You are paying them to provide a service to you that you should not provide for yourself. Even attorneys hire other attorneys when they have legal problems. Just as you spent your time and used your talent to craft a song or write a screenplay and expect to be paid for it, the attorney will do work for you and expect to be paid for it.
Next time, I’ll address attorney location concerns.
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