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How To Choose A Lawyer

How To Learn About A Lawyer's Background

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Martindale-Hubbell lists biographies of lawyers. Most lawyers are rated by peers for legal ability and ethics. offsite link - click on "Lawyer Locator." No cost.

You may also be able to find information about a lawyer through the state or local bar association. (A bar association is an association of lawyers.) The website of the American Bar Association has a link to the disciplinary agency in each state. You can check to see whether the person is a licensed attorney. Some states also list disciplinary actions taken against lawyers. Other states will only give you that information if you request it in writing. For contact information for your state bar association, see: offsite link.

Also consider online rating services such as:

  • offsite link ranks lawyers by a score of 1 to 10.
  • offsite link rates lawyers on a scale of 1 to 5. The reviews contain comments by clients.

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