Choosing a California labor attorney can be a daunting and confusing task. Often, someone searching for an attorney is unsure of what steps to take to ensure they are hiring the best candidate for their needs. By considering the below tips, you can be confident that the California labor law attorney you select is the right choice for you.
Research and compile a list of potential candidates
In order to find the right labor lawyer in California, you should research local attorneys in your area and compile a list of potential candidates. There are several websites available online that will help you get started: both the National Employment Lawyers Association and the California Bar Association are excellent choices. In addition to checking online, ask your friends, relatives and others in your community whether they have an attorney that they would recommend.
Note that, even though your friend may have a great divorce attorney, chances are that lawyer does not specialize in labor law. Make sure you specifically ask if they have worked with a California labor law attorney that they would recommend.
Check to make sure your potential attorney is in good standing
After compiling a list of potential candidates, check to make sure the attorney you are considering is in good standing with the state and national bar associations. If a lawyer has been suspended or disciplined for unethical practices, move on to the next candidate on your list. You can check their standing on the California Bar Association and National Bar Association websites.
One of the most important things to consider when choosing a labor lawyer is their level of experience. They should have experience with labor law specifically and have familiarity with cases similar to yours. Most attorneys will have their experience listed on their website: if the attorney you are researching does not list labor law as one of their specialties, move on to the next candidate.
When you speak to the potential candidate directly, ask them for more information about their level of experience and specifically their familiarity with cases that are similar to the one for which you are considering hiring them.
Speak to each potential candidate directly
Once you have narrowed down your list of potential candidates, it is important that you not make a decision until after speaking to them directly either in person or over the phone. Most attorneys offer free consultations that you can take advantage of to get an idea of their level of experience, familiarity with cases similar to yours and their professional opinion of the chances of success of your claim.
Also, speaking to each potential candidate will allow you to get a feel for their personality and determine whether you feel comfortable working with them: make sure the attorney listens to your concerns and answers your questions fully.
Understand your payment obligations
As a client, you will have an obligation to pay for your attorney’s fees and associated costs. Ask your attorney to walk you through exactly what your payment obligations are for services as well as estimated costs and when your payment is due.
Following these five tips will ensure that you hire a California labor law attorney that is competent, experienced and able to give you the best chance of success at your labor law claim.