Working with a lawyer can be quite tricky, so it is important for you to find the right one. This should start from the proper interview and there are questions that you need to ask. First of all, you need to explain the lawyer about your current position, so the lawyer will know what to do with your case. Then, you can ask the lawyer to explain more about himself. You should get information about how lawyers developed their skills and experience to reach the current situation. This should allow you to ensure that lawyers have the experience and skill to deal with your situation and case. There are no perfect resumes and it is likely that you will find gaps. When asked about this, you should be able to sense that lawyers are being honest about that.
Gaps in lawyer’s resume can be caused by a number of factors, such as lack of opportunity or personal circumstances. However, you should make sure that these gaps won’t cause any significant effects on the experience and strength of the lawyer. You should make sure that the lawyer still has the long-term capability to stay productive, especially if you want to work with him for years to come. Job hopping is something that is quite common in many places, but you should ensure that lawyers are consistent enough that can become your trusted and reliable legal partners. If lawyers have worked in a law firm before, it is a good idea to ask them why they leave their job and decide to start their own firms. Again, you should make sure that these lawyers are honest with their explanations.
Some lawyers were actually fired from their firms and they want to start over. If this is the case, the lawyer should be honest about that and the painful experience has encouraged them to grow further. Although you are agree that firing was justified, you should also ensure that these lawyers have learnt from their mistakes and they have performed quite well recently. In other cases, lawyers could be laid off due to difficult economic situations. Again, lawyers should be honest whether the layoff is caused by their mediocre performance compared to other lawyers in the firm. Regardless, you should also ensure that these lawyers have worked hard to improve their performance since they have been laid off, regardless of the real reason.
In other cases, lawyers simply quit their job and it is also something that they need to explain clearly. You should make sure that a lawyer doesn’t have the habit of quitting his job. This is essential if you plan to have long term relationship with the lawyer. There is a possibility that the lawyer quitted his employment in the firm, because he couldn’t resolve a problem. In other cases, a freelance lawyer is actually still working in a firm. This is also something that needs to be explained, because there’s a possibility that he lacks assignments due to specific reasons. Regardless of the reasons, you need to be sure about the capabilities of these lawyers.