When the going gets tough, the tough often gets the services of a lawyer. And you can apply this as well to ‘lemon cases’ in the United States. The moment consumers find that they are not getting their due when using arbitration and other diplomatic efforts, getting the services of a lawyer often forms part of their last resort. The lawyer who has good background in consumer rights and lemon laws serve as the consumer’s representation during hearings. But choosing a lawyer is not as easy as selecting a car in a dealer shop. There are some things to consider and factors come into play that makes the search a bit daunting for the first timer. For those looking for guidance in selecting a lawyer, listed below are some suggestions and guides on how to find one.
* When looking for a lawyer, don’t fall for the one that over advertises himself. Make sure that you properly evaluate the credentials and the trainings before saying yes. Also, this rule applies when selecting a lawyer from the Yellow Pages. Often there are professionals who are good at presenting themselves, yet they lack depth and trainings. Remember that when it comes to selecting lawyers, its best to network and ask friends for recommendations and suggestions.
* Ask for references when looking for lawyers. This is also one good way to get feedbacks from the previous clients of the lawyer. There are some legal organizations in your area that you can contact and you can ask regarding the background of one qualified candidate.
* Right now, you can use the services of search engines when looking for representation. There are law-centered websites that carry the resumes of practicing lawyers in the field.
* Bring up the issue of compensation when selecting and calling lawyers. There are two options that they can choose from when it comes to this service. They can either choose the hourly or the by percentage payment. Often the best selection is the percentage type of payment, where the lawyer can get an incentive if he wins the case. The result is two-fold; one, you get to in your lemon case and two the lawyer gets a cut. This kind of arrangement makes for a good motivating factor for the lawyer to do his best during hearings. But if the lawyer insists on getting an hourly rate and will not settle for an incentive then this should make you think about the value and the strength of your case. There must be a reason that the case may be weak, and the case may sink over time. So use your interview with the lawyer as well to assess the strength of your case.
* Take advantage of what the paralegals and the legal assistants can do for you. Sometimes, the efforts and the help that can be provided by these non-lawyers are substantial enough to influence the direction of the case. Utilizing them instead of hiring another set of lawyers can save you money and at the same time helping in building your lemon case. So when you talk with a lawyer, ask if he has paralegals at his disposal.
Remember that getting the services of a lawyer can be costly. So make sure that you do due diligence when searching to get the best value for your money and of course to maximize the Lemon Law in your state.