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Where Can I Find a Lawyer?

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Where Can I Find a Lawyer?

So you need a lawyer. And you need one fast. But where should you look? 

You could do an internet search and randomly select a firm from the results page. Or you could be a little more thoughtful in your selection.

To do that, you’ll want to answer an important question first: who are the possible employers for a lawyer? Some lawyers work independently, but most are associated with a firm or business entity. 

Which kind of lawyer you need will depend on the specifics of your case. But we’ve provided a general overview in the article below to get you started. 

A Law Firm

Law firms are the first and most obvious answer to the question, “Who are the possible employers for a lawyer?” Many law students enter school knowing well in advance that they want to work for a law firm when they graduate. Many of these students even know which firm they want to work for.

There are several reasons an attorney may choose to work for a law firm. Namely, an established firm offers:

  • Greater earning potential
  • Opportunities to work with accomplished and skilled colleagues 
  • Extensive resources
  • Access to an established client base
  • Advancement opportunities

When you hire an attorney from a law firm, you also gain access to extensive resources. For example, at Morgan & Morgan, we have attorneys, paralegals, legal aides, and more support staff who will be dedicated to your case. These professionals are skilled at navigating legal terrain both in and out of the courtroom. 

Your Local Government

Local government lawyers are those who are employed by your city, county, or district council. In this role, a lawyer may perform a range of tasks, including:

  • Acting on behalf of and giving advice to council members
  • Writing legal documents
  • Making strategic plans
  • Handling litigation

Most lawyers who work in government have a wealth of experience, but an attorney can make their way into a training position. Because government employees are generally restricted from private work, you won’t be able to hire a local government lawyer for your case. 

Your State Government

The chances are that you’ve heard of prosecutors. These attorneys are the professionals who charge and try people who are alleged to have committed a crime. Another name for a prosecutor is a state attorney. That’s because prosecutors are employees of the state. 

Criminal trials aren’t the only responsibility of state attorneys. In fact, their job description is to work on behalf of the public interest. This means that a state attorney may also file lawsuits against dishonest corporations, offer legal advice to elected officials, and take civil suits to court.

Again, you can’t hire a government worker to work privately for you. But by nature, this is exactly what a state attorney does. They are usually elected by the people they represent, including you.

The Federal Government

The next answer to “Who are the possible employers for a lawyer?” is the federal government. The federal government is a huge employer of attorneys and can be found recruiting at some of the nation’s most prestigious schools. 

For many, a job with the federal government is a no-brainer. These jobs generally come with good hours, respectable pay, and amazing benefits. All that adds up to many people’s idea of the perfect job. 

There are many legal positions within the federal government. Some lawyers become clerks for the U.S. district courts. Others serve as Assistant U.S. Attorneys. And still others are called to work for administrations, like the FDA.

Insurance Companies

If you’ve ever had to file an insurance claim, you may have brushed shoulders with an insurance lawyer. These legal professionals are responsible for ensuring their clients (the insurance providers) don’t pay more than they should. They may offer legal advice or represent their client in court or during negotiations.

Even though it’s rare for an insurance claim to go to court, these companies like to hire the best. So if you ever have to go head to head with an insurance company, you may want to employ your own legal support to ensure you aren’t talked into a settlement that is less than what you actually deserve. 

Other Large Corporations

Finally, the last answer to “Who are the possible employers for a lawyer?” is large corporations. Corporate lawyers have a range of responsibilities. Generally speaking, these professionals may perform any or all of the following tasks:

  • Draft, review, and negotiate contracts
  • Oversee mergers and acquisitions
  • Create corporate bylaws and policies
  • Help the corporation expand their public and private financing options
  • Prevent fraud, insider training, and other illegal behaviors

When a lawyer is hired by a corporation, their responsibility is to the business entity, not individual shareholders or employees. Anyone who has tried to start a business will tell you that local, state, and federal laws can make the process more complicated. A corporate lawyer helps a business stay within regulations.

How to Find the Best Lawyer for Your Case

Now you know who the possible employers are for a lawyer. But that doesn’t mean you know where to find the perfect lawyer for your case. 

Generally speaking, you should hire an attorney from a law firm with experience in the area of law you are dealing with. If you’ve suffered a personal injury, hire a personal injury lawyer. If you are dealing with a product defect, hire a defective product attorney, and so on.

But once you’ve narrowed down your field of law, you may still have dozens (or even hundreds) of potential lawyers to choose from. At Morgan & Morgan, we believe that a good attorney offers more than legal knowledge. You should also look for a lawyer who:

  • Has a personality that is compatible with your own
  • Is prompt and communicative
  • Is enthusiastic about working with you

The best attorneys will offer you true support so that you have everything you need from start to finish.

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  • How does hiring a lawyer help my situation?

    Legal situations are often fraught with emotion. Whether you are facing a divorce, recovering from a car accident, or suing for medical malpractice, you are likely already overwhelmed by the experience. An attorney is someone who can lift the burden and take on the legal responsibilities so that you don’t have to worry about them.

    You might want to hire a lawyer to gain more compensation, avoid jail time, or plan an estate. Whatever the reason, professional legal guidance is always a good thing. After all, who couldn’t use just a little more support?

  • How do I prepare for my first meeting with a lawyer?

    You probably know that first impressions matter. Although you shouldn’t be overly worried about your initial consultation with an attorney, it helps to come prepared. Doing so will help you establish a good relationship with your lawyer and get your case started on the right foot.

    We recommend that you show up to your free case evaluation ready to talk about yourself and the facts of the case. If you have any supporting documents, photographs, or evidence, bring those with you. And if you have questions you want to ask your attorney, make sure to write them down beforehand so that you don’t forget. 

  • How much does a lawyer cost?

    We can’t speak for other firms, but at Morgan & Morgan, the fee is always free. So when you hire one of our attorneys, you won’t have to pay any money until your case is won. 

    We set up our payment plans this way because we take pride in representing regular people, not powerful corporations. We know that the last thing you need is another sap of your resources on top of everything else. So rest assured that you won’t owe us a dime until your case is settled. 

  • Do I have a case?

    We won’t be able to answer this question for you until you’ve spoken with our team about the specifics of your case. However, there are some telltale signs that indicate you have an actual case.

    If you’ve been hurt, a loved one has been killed, or your property has been damaged by another person’s negligence, you deserve compensation. At Morgan & Morgan, we help clients who are dealing with personal injury, workers’ compensation, defective product, and insurance claims, among many others. 

    If you feel that your experience falls into any of these categories, you may have a case. 

  • Choose Morgan & Morgan When You Need a Lawyer

    Getting the settlement you deserve takes work. That’s why you need to hire an attorney who is willing to put in the blood, sweat, and tears necessary to win your case. At Morgan & Morgan, we believe that you should never settle for less. And we are willing to put all of our effort and resources behind you.

    Our firm is built of more than 800 trial-ready attorneys, plus thousands of support staff. We won’t rest until you feel satisfied with the outcome of your case.

    We offer free case evaluations so that you can talk out your options in person. We’ll outline your next best steps and how our team can help. Plus, we’ll talk about our contingency fee and what you can expect to pay should we win your case. Bring us your legal questions, and we will guide you through the answers. 

    If you’ve been bullied by a business owner, insurance company, negligent driver, or any other individual or organization, allow us to help. Our team is willing to fight for you and be on your side. We will work for compensation in a settlement that benefits you, and our experienced lawyers are qualified to take your issue to court if needed. 

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