Do you need legal advice? If you do, you should know that choosing your lawyer with care will be very important. Today, we want to talk about the smartest way to comparison-shop for legal advice online. We’re going to let you know what you should look for when you’re shopping around for a legal expert. When you follow our tips and comparison-shop with care, you’ll be able to find a top-notch “legal eagle” who will be able to answer to all of your legal questions.

Consider Your Own Situation

How to Access the Best Legal Advice

Before you begin hunting for an attorney (or searching for legal advice from another type of legal expert), you should think about your own situation. For example, if you’ve been charged with a crime, you should put more effort into comparison-shopping and you will need a real lawyer. If you have a legal question which doesn’t pertain to a crime that you’ve been charged with, you may not need to put as much energy into the hunt for legal advice and/or representation.

So, think about your legal issues. Are they very serious or not?

Look at Win-loss Statistics

The best way to get superb legal advice and representation is to look for a lawyer who has a great win-loss record for your type of case. For example, if you’ve been charged with a DUI, look for a lawyer who specializes in helping clients who have allegedly driven under the influence. If a lawyer has helped a lot of his or her clients to beat their DUI charges, he or she may be able to do the same for you.

Lawyers often have specialties, from personal injury to murder cases to landlord-tenant disputes and so on. When you search for lawyers that specialize in your type of case and also have strong win-loss records in court (or for out of court settlements), you’ll streamline the comparison-shopping process and you should be able to find exceptional assistance.

Bear in mind that lawyers with the best win-loss services will generally charge more than lawyers who don’t win as often in court, or arrange as many out of court settlements for their clients.

Check Credentials Before You Hire

Legal advice is generally not available for free, unless a person qualifies for Legal Aid. If your income is fairly low, you may want to look at Legal Aid options and see if you qualify for free legal advice and/or representation.

Most people do need to pay for legal advice. If you want the best legal advice, you should look at law firm or independent attorney credentials before you reach out to that firm or lawyer. Some examples of credentials to check include educational background, achievements (awards) and career highlights. It’s usually possible to get this information from the “About Us” or “Bio” sections of law firm or independent attorney websites. Some lawyers have blue-chip credentials, such as Harvard educations and industry accolades. Others don’t.

One last tip is to look for reviews of lawyers before you reach out to them. There is quite a bit of feedback posted about most legal professionals online. Once you’ve considered all of these factors and comparison-shopped appropriately, you should have no trouble finding a legal expert who has the right level of success and experience.