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07/28/2015 | Author: Editorial Staff

Like a real estate transaction, legal issues can be complicated and hard to manage without the advice of an expert. When you’re being sued or suing someone else, require personal documents, or have business-related needs, hiring a lawyer may help. But how do you find the right one?

What’s the issue? Most attorneys focus on specific types of law, such as real estate or business incorporation, so don’t expect to find a one-size-fits-all solution for all your legal needs. Get a referral from someone you know, or try the State Bar of Texas’s free referral program.

Who should you choose? When you’ve identified a few attorneys to contact, ask questions about their experience with your matter, get references from past clients, and get information about how they would work with you.

What will you owe? Fees can range anywhere from $150 to $400 an hour. Your attorney may bill by the hour, but some work on a flat-fee basis. A flat fee typically covers a one-time project, such as a contract review or trademark application. Other times, you may pay a monthly retainer that’s depleted each time there’s a billable item. Make sure to ask questions up front about fee structures so you know what to expect, and don’t be afraid to disclose any budgetary concerns. There may be ways you can control costs.

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