Attributes to Look For in Legal Representation
However, completing seven years of training does not necessarily make a good lawyer. Wondering how to choose a lawyer that’s right for you? There are many variables that come into play such as the individual’s moral compass, intelligence, attention to detail, ulterior motives, or personality defects, to name a few, at Muluh & partners we Have the following.
Aside from the proper accreditation, these attributes are what you should look for when seeking out legal representation:
- Analytical Skills: Few cases are black and white. With the large amounts of information that attorneys are given per case and the possibility of several conclusions and applicable precedents available, it is important that they have a firm grasp on how to properly evaluate and analyze the provided information to best suit the needs of the client.
- Advocacy Skills: No matter what situation, your lawyer must always be in your corner as your support system. Before you step into the battle of litigation, it is important to know that your lawyer will fight for you. If you do not trust your potential lawyer, do not hire him or her.
- Strong Verbal and Written Communication Skills: A large portion of an attorney’s life is spent writing and speaking. In order for your case to be properly articulated to judges and juries, your lawyer must be able to speak persuasively and write concisely. Charisma also helps in court.
- Strong Listening Skills: It all begins with listening. In addition to writing and speaking, listening is another important skill for a lawyer to possess. You should feel heard and acknowledged. You should also feel confident in the fact that every detail of the case and court proceedings were absorbed the lawyer so they can make the best possible judgment based on the facts provided and situation at hand.
- Expertise in a Specific Field of Law: You may have a lawyer friend who is willing to help you out for a particular case. But, for example, if you are filing a criminal case and your friend is a divorce attorney, do not hire him or her. Find someone who is well versed in or considered an expert in the field of law and legal services in which you are involved.
- Strong Interpersonal Skills: While the connection between a lawyer and client is essentially impersonal and professional, it is important that the lawyer attempts to build a relationship with their client. Though somewhat immeasurable, it is important to feel connected to your legal representation. To put it casually, if you do not vibe with a lawyer, then maybe they are not the right lawyer for you.
- Assertiveness: You want someone who will be firm and assertive in the courtroom. Mind you, there is a fine line between assertiveness and aggressiveness. A lawyer who is assertive can strongly and confidently get your case across while a lawyer who is aggressive may negatively impact the opinions of the judge and jury. You want a lawyer who will fight for you with grace, not with rage.
- Creativity: Just like humans, no two cases are alike—X does not always mark the spot. Lawyers must sometimes utilize creative or outside-the-box problem solving to outwit their contenders.
- Perseverance: Though a cliched adage, the phrase “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” is particularly relevant here. The bureaucracy of the justice system can often be time-consuming and will sometimes fail you. That’s why it is imperative to have a legal representation that will not give up, because the final verdict is not always the final outcome.
- Compassion: Entanglements with the justice system are often extremely personal and sometimes involve great loss or the potential for great loss. Unfortunately, (especially in books and films) lawyers are sometimes depicted as heartless, but they are not all this way. Find a lawyer who cares about your case or your cause. Do not settle for someone who is simply in it for a payout.
At Muluh & Partners we seek to give you the best Legal representation you desire