There seems to be an unwritten law that says the more you pay for your legal representation, the better a service you will receive. Unfortunately, this logic flies in the face of the fairness of the American justice system that vows equal and unbiased representation to all citizens who find themselves caught up in legal cases. If you do have the money to file a claim or a suit against another person or company, it can be difficult to look past the flashy and high priced law firms for representation that seems both trustworthy and worth every penny in the end. Is this really the case though?
There are also a lot of low-budget law firms out there – you can see their ads plastered on magazines, park benches, television and the radio, often with people shouting at you to call their claims firm and cash in on whatever tragedy you may have suffered through. Most of these are specialty services and very often you really do get what you pay for with them…if you want to cut legal costs but don’t want to compromise on the quality of the service, you should be looking into small, locally-based law firms that may only house one or two qualified lawyers.
Local lawyers are more likely to be dedicated to other local residents because they care about their community and of course are concerned with building a good name for themselves in the town or region. Local lawyers will provide a cheaper service without generally cutting on the quality of the actual advice or representation – they will know their way around legal forms and documents and can advise you on the best course of action whatever your situation.
In the case of expensive lawyers, however, you should always be getting quality service but the question really is, will that high-priced service be any better or different than if you hire a local lawyer? Generally speaking, the answer is no. Both of these choices will be fully trained and able to meet your legal needs. The only thing you should look out for is a lack of specific legal knowledge on your own situation – ask a few questions of your potential legal representative regarding their experience with cases like yours, and if you get the distinct impression that they are not familiar enough with your circumstances then you should move on to another firm or independent practitioner.
In terms of expense, it is untrue to make the general statement that the more money you spend, the better representation you will receive. What you need to be looking for is a lawyer you trust, who is experienced in your type of situation and who does not want to bankrupt you for the pleasure of their service. It is quite possible to find the sort of legal help you need without spending your life savings – just be patient and don’t hire anyone to represent you until you’re sure they are the right one.