How do you find a lawyer?
Most people seeking a lawyer begin by asking advice from a personal acquaintance or someone whose opinion they value, such as their banker, minister, relative, or another lawyer. Other common referral sources are employers, law school teachers and administrators, labor unions, consumer groups, public interest organizations, and women's associations.
Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
You also can find some answers in the public library in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which for more than 100 years has published as complete a roster as possible of the members of the bar in the United States and Canada. The directory gives brief biological sketches of many lawyers and describes the legal areas in which law firms practice.
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From 1908 to 1977 lawyers were forbidden to advertise their services. This prohibition came about through fear of "puffery" and the belief that even the best executed advertising could be unintentionally false, misleading or deceptive because of the complex nature of legal services. A 1977 ruling of the United States Supreme Court (Bates v. State Bar of Arizona) changed the rules to a degree. Lawyers are now permitted to advertise certain information in newspapers, Yellow Pages, and on radio and television. You can follow certain steps when you contact a lawyer whose advertisement you read or heard. Don't take the ad literally; ask the lawyer for references and check his or her experience with your type of case. Ask the lawyer about the services advertised and what they include, for example, a "simple will," or a "simple divorce." Don't hesitate to discuss fees, what services they cover, and whether there will be any extra charges. Finally, keep a copy of the ad so that you can check to see whether the lawyer is performing as advertised.