02/06/2014
By: Mariko B.
Law Offices of Amy M. Montes
Amy has been a blessing! We are so grateful to have found her. She provided professional service with full knowledge of family law in a very difficult case. We truly felt that Amy's goal was to resolve the matter quickly because she cared about what was right and not about billable hours. She was straight forward and due to her thorough knowledge about the specifics of or case, was able to quickly respond in the courtroom. When children are involved it's so important to know you are in the right hands and we always felt as though hiring Amy was the best decision. In our eyes there is no one better to handle a family law matter than Amy Montes
08/14/2015
By: Cindy B.
Law Office Of Marlin Stapleton Jr
You know you have a good lawyer when you can look at him and know everything is going to be OK. Marlin has passion that you can count on to make things right. Marlin went well beyond expectations to help my son work through his troubles and get on the path to an education and success. Marlin went to extra lengths without asking for more money which is a tribute to his commitment. I highly recommend Marlin Stapleton. Thank you Marlin!
07/10/2013
By: johnhurtz
Stevens & Carlberg
Came in for a consultation and the service was excellent. I waited maybe 5 minutes and then talked with Ms. McMillan. She listened to my case and advised me on the issue, free of charge. I would highly recommend them as well.
04/01/2009
By: teresathomas9
Newman Law Group
An excellent law firm. You get the personal touch and know your not just a number in this law office. They are very professional and I had complete confidence that they knew exactly what I needed for my particular needs.
08/02/2013
By: tinayates
Stevens & Carlberg
A real classy group! The attorneys listened to my whole story and gave me advice that really helped my situation. Highly recommended. Tina
12/15/2012
By: janeencarlberglaw
Employment Law Offices of Janeen Carlberg
The Law Offices of Janeen Carlberg is available at 714-665-1900 or via the web www.janeencarlberglaw.com
08/06/2013
By: savannahfromcagedinsider
Stevens & Carlberg
Thanks for your help yesterday Heather.
Tips & Advices
When it comes time to choose a lawyer, you should start by searching close to home. If you do have attorneys you are familiar with, ask who they believe would be best for you. After going through personal references - especially from individuals who had similar needs - you should broaden your search through public information resources. You can call your area's attorney referral service or check legal organizations like Martindale-Hubbell. There are other resources available online, such as yellowpages.com. You can check websites for client reviews and other third-party forms of approval.
If you sign documents and you come across a word you don't recognize, or you need help to navigate important employment or real estate paperwork. Also, during times when personal matters intersect with legal proceedings, you might need to have an advocate to prevent your emotions from getting in the way. If you've been accused of a crime or are in a terrible financial situation, you can find an attorney who will work with what you have available.
When you hire a lawyer, you're agreeing to work with someone over a certain period of time. The more forthcoming the lawyer appears to be with individual needs, the better.
  • You need to ask questions about how the attorney will communicate with you and what responsibilities you hold in the relationship.
  • The attorney should let you know the best channel for quick communication and you need to inform him or her when you want updates.
  • You should also ask questions to get to know the attorney as an individual in order to ensure this is a person you can trust. Ask about their legal philosophy and how he or she views the lawyer/client relationship. Ask as how to keep fees down or what daily disruptions you should expect from a long legal battle.
You need to ask about every possible fee that will come up when working with an attorney. You should request a list of all costs in advance so you won't be surprised by additional expenses like overhead. Also determine exactly when you will start being billed. You want to inspect paperwork carefully. If the attorney charges you for his or her experience, you need to make sure he or she will perform tasks personally and not hand it off to an assistant. Find out if the attorney has a flat fee or charges by the hour. Many civil lawyers work on contingency. Make inquiries about how the lawyer plans to provide service for your money and what you can do if you start to feel unsatisfied with his or her performance.
You can ask how many similar cases they have handled and if they have special skills or training that applies specifically to your needs. Lawyers can't mention clients by name, but you should ask for basic details about identical past cases. You should check their office for the appropriate certifications and diplomas. You can also ask how long he or she has practiced law and request information that demonstrates the practice's success. Look for precise details such as percentage of cases settled out of court.

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