Choosing And Meeting With An Attorney

Just like in medicine, there are general attorneys (similar to family practice or primary care physicians) who perform a wide range of different legal services.  Then there are attorneys who act more as specialists in different areas of the law.  For many general legal services such as residential real estate transactions, simple wills, health care proxies and living wills and other day to day legal issues, general practice lawyers are likely to provide you with the best service at the most reasonable price.  If you have a litigation matter, a patent matter, a large personal estate to pass on to your loved ones or a complex commercial transaction, then you likely to need someone who works primarily in that specific area of the law.

Areas of Law:

Bankruptcy
Commercial Litigation
Criminal Law
Defamation, Libel, Slander
Diability Law
Employment Law
Family Law
Insurance Law
Landlord & Tenant
Personal Injury
Residential Real Estate
Tax Law
Wills, Estates, Trust, Elder Law
Workers Comp

 

Statements of Client’s Rights & Responsibilities

Published by the New York State Bar Association
 
The links below provide a listing of the expectations you should have in dealing with an attorney both at the outset of your relationship and also going forward.  It also provides a listing of the lawyer's expectations of you in moving forward with your legal matter. 

Statement of Client's Rights

Statement of Client's Responsibility

Preparing For Your First Meeting

Click here to view our informational PDF on preparing for your first meeting with your attorney, including what to bring, what questions to ask, and what to expect.