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Published on November 30th, 2016 | by Personal Rights

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5 Things to Look for in a Lawyer

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Are you looking for a good and trustworthy real estate law firm? If you need to work with a real estate attorney, then there are just a few things that you want to look out for while you are on your search. These traits can probably be pretty useful characteristics for anyone that works in the legal field but a real estate law firm in particular needs to make sure that they are hiring attorneys with these characteristics because they are dealing with sensitive issues like foreclosures, eviction cases and other problems that are potentially heart breaking to the person that is going through them. Here are just some of the traits that your lawyer should have.

Sensitivity
Some of the things that people are experiencing when they are hiring a real estate lawyer can be incredible difficult to go through. You need a lawyer that can be sensitive to your plight. Saying things like, “Well, you should have paid your mortgage on time” to a family facing foreclosure is not a helpful statement. In fact, it shows that they do not recognize the hardship that the family was facing and cannot empathize with you. It will come off as condescending and patronizing which is the last thing that you need to hear at this point.

Listening Skills
You need your lawyer to listen to you. There are certain details that they need to hear that could help your case. It’s the small things that you almost miss that can really make the difference. This is why you need to make sure that you are being completely honest with your lawyer. Don’t hold anything back. A lawyer that can really listen is a lawyer that is confident in their position and does not feel like they have to prove themselves anymore. This ‘prove themselves’ mentality is most common with newer lawyers who are trying to show that they know what they are doing.

Persistence
A good lawyer will be motivated, driven and yes, persistent. Those kinds of lawyers are the go getters. They find the information that they need in order to win the case. This kind of person will also follow up on documentation and papers after they have been filed to try and expedite the process. They will be on your side and won’t give up until you find the justice that you are looking for. Persistence is important because the other party is probably going to be very persistent and if you just roll over and give up then they’ll get everything that they want from the case and you’ll be left with nothing.

Knowledge
It’s important to try and find a lawyer or attorney that has dealt with cases like yours before. This is because they will already have the necessary knowledge to get the case to go further. They’ll know what steps to take and what papers to file and even which judge is going to more sympathetic to your cause. This will be very helpful when it comes to the overall outcome of your case. Having the necessary knowledge is crucial; you don’t want to be your lawyer’s guinea pig because you ended up being their first case in this field.

Experience
Another reason why it is important to get a lawyer that has gone through a case like yours before is that they will have experience. Experience gives you a good reputation in the industry as well ask the knowledge that is mentioned above. Having experience also means that the lawyer will be able to be honest with you about whether or not you can expect to win your case based on their past experiences and cases that they have won or lost throughout their career.

You should be able to set an appoint with the real estate law firm to have an initial interview and find out if they want your case as well as if you want to hire them. Keep in mind then you should be meeting with an actual lawyer. If the real estate law firm send you a paralegal or legal aid to meet with, then you can assume that they don’t find your case very important and you should move on to a firm that believes in you.


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