(6) Shop Around, Compare Prices
As with every major financial decision in your life, you should shop around. Hiring an attorney can cost as much or more than buying a new car. Wise buyers always shop around and compare the various options prior to committing to any particular option. Unfortunately, not enough consumers do this when hiring attorneys. Likely this is because it is draining and time consuming to discuss the facts and legal issues with potential attorneys.
Your attorney is a significant investment. Shop around as you would shop around for a new car. Compare prices and fee structures. Figure out what you are willing to pay to have the legal services completed. Get a feel for how the attorney deals with people — if you are impressed with his person, others will be too. It is better to have a personable attorney on your side than one that is disliked.
Feel free to use our fee list as a tool to compare other attorneys’ fees with. That list should give you a good idea of what to expect from reasonably priced attorneys in the current legal market.