Q: What is the best way for a layman to find the right attorney for his or her individual objectives and needs
A: One way is to ask the attorney you know for a referral... even if the person you know is the "wrong" type of attorney. For example, if you know an attorney that handles issues in Family Law, that person might be able to give you a referral to a good attorney who practices in an area like Personal Injury or Criminal Defense.
If there are no attorneys within your trusted circle of friends, the first thing you need to figure out is which type of attorney you need. A quick internet search should return several candidates so reach out and explain your situation. If the first attorney you consult is not the right person for the job, ask them for a referral to another attorney whose practice area might be a better match for your needs. You might have to talk to several, but if each one gets you a little bit closer then you will eventually find what you are looking for.
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