Well, I think first and foremost, is they have to have a high degree of trust in the attorney.
And you can ask yourself, well, you know, how do you have that trust?
Well if it’s someone they’ve known for a long time, and you know, they know their character, then they’ll have that. But a lot of the times people are meeting an attorney they might retain for the first time. And I think in that case it’s kind of an instinctive thing. I mean most people you meet, you have a feeling as to whether you have a sense of trust in them or not.
And I think in addition to trust, I mean the obvious things are that they need to be competent and know what they’re doing. And you have to have a certain chemistry. I mean, whether it’s a transactional matter, or a litigation type of matter, if you don’t have kind of a trusting, good, working relationship with your attorney, it’s not going to work.
So I think that probably the two most important, are whether you really have a sense of trust in the attorney you’re speaking to, and whether the attorney is competent.
I mean most people you meet, you have a feeling as to whether you have a sense of trust in them or not.
And then it goes without saying, of course, that they’re honest, and honest with you. I always tell people to be wary, you know, if you’re talking to an attorney and he’s saying, “Well, we’ll do the following things,” and they’re either underhanded or dishonest with the other side of the equation, what makes you think he’s not going to be underhanded or dishonest with you as his own client?
So, I think those are some of the things that are important in selecting an attorney.
– Rulon D. Munns is an experienced real estate attorney and managing shareholder of Bogin, Munns & Munns, a full service law firm with offices in Orlando, Clermont, Kissimmee, Orange City, Daytona Beach, Ocala, Melbourne, Gainesville, and Leesburg, Florida. He welcomes questions and comments regarding the above and can be reached at [email protected]
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