There are lots of reasons why people buy goods from national corporations: a large selection of products and free two-day shipping, for example. When it comes to some things, however, local is simply better.
An attorney is one of those things.
Why is it in your best interests to hire a local attorney? Read the top reasons, below, you should consider hiring a local lawyer to resolve your legal issue.
#1 You can easily get recommendations for a local attorney
Local law firms have a reputation, good or bad, in their community. People who have lived in your community for years, including your friends and neighbors, will be able to tell you their experience with various firms. When you ask around, you will get recommendations from people you know and whose opinions you trust. You’ll be able to find out which law firms just look good on paper and which will truly go the extra mile for their clients.
If you want to know more about an out-of-town law firm, you won’t be able to get the same in-depth information. You can look them up online, but it can be hard to make a decision by reading brief reviews written by people you don’t know.
#2 A local attorney will be more accessible
There are three things that most people look for in an attorney: experience, a professional and caring demeanor, and access. While it’s true that you can find experienced, professional attorneys in and out of town, you will only get the best access to your attorney if he or she is local.
If your attorney is local, you will be able to have face-to-face meetings with him or her more often. The firm’s office will be nearby, which means you’ll be able to stop in to ask questions or drop off documents. You’ll also be able to reach your attorney in an emergency, and he or she will be able to arrive more quickly.
Conversely, if your attorney is out-of-town, you will likely do a lot of your business over the phone and by mail. This can slow down the process considerably and cause you a lot of extra hassle. In addition, you may speak to a lot of paralegals and junior associates and have little contact with your actual attorney. You’ll likely end up feeling like a number, instead of the person with important needs and desires that you are.
#3 A local attorney will be well-known within the community
A good local attorney who has practiced for years in your community will be well-respected by members of the legal profession. This attorney will have experience working with other lawyers, judges, physicians, and other professionals in the area. He or she will have intimate knowledge of the local courts and will be familiar with their procedure’s peculiar quirks, giving him or her an advantage in legal proceedings.
A local attorney will have worked hard to maintain a reputation of professionalism and integrity among his or her peers. Having an attorney who is well-respected in the community can only improve your experience.
#4 A local attorney may be less costly
When you hire a local attorney, you won’t have to worry about paying high travel costs, like mileage, hotel stays, and meals. Since your attorney is local, he or she will be able to quickly and inexpensively travel to attend meetings, interview witnesses, and represent you in court. This means, of course, more money and less worry for you.
#5 Supporting a local attorney means supporting your community
An attorney is in many ways a businessperson. He or she may work at a firm that employs, in addition to the attorneys, a number of paralegals, receptionists, and other professionals. These are people who live and work in your community. By supporting them, you are ensuring that the money you spend stays in the community. We believe this is something you can feel good about.
Choosing an attorney is an important decision, and we hope that the information above helped you feel more confident making it. Whether you decide to go with a local or an out-of-town attorney, make sure to hire one who cares about you and your success.
At Casper & Casper Law, we care about our community and the people in it. We want the opportunity to help you.
Our team of attorneys are experienced in personal injury, workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability, and OVI law. If you have a legal issue in one of these areas, contact us for a free consultation. We’d be happy to sit down with you, discuss your needs, and, if you choose us, determine how we can get the best possible outcome for your case.