Is an experienced lawyer always better?
It has already been mentioned in the paragraph above that an experienced lawyer is not the right one for every situation. In relatively simple cases, you can do fine with a good junior lawyer or a lawyer with a so-called “general practice”. A lot of experience is not always necessary, and that also applies to a specialized lawyer. The title of a specialist is not protected by the way. An attorney may call himself a specialist in any jurisdiction. That makes searching for the right lawyer somewhat opaque.
“actual” specialists are in reality the ones lawyers who’re affiliated with an expert association. Most jurisdictions have such an association, whereby the affiliated lawyers must meet the standards of this association, continuously train themselves in the relevant area of law. Well-known associations are IFAS (personal and family law), VAAN (employment law), NVSA (criminal law), and LSA (personal injury). Membership of such associations presupposes a certain level of quality of the lawyer concerned, which is also continuously tested. in the public database of the various associations, you could check whether an attorney is without a doubt a consultant.
Again, many legal matters do not require a specialist at all. Experience, on the other hand, is recommended. If only because the Dutch Bar Association reasons as follows when it comes to fees charged by lawyers:
The higher the charge, the greater experience (an experienced lawyer is usually more costly than a beginning attorney). However, with this experience in his or her baggage, it can be assumed that a lawyer can – on average – handle a case faster than a lawyer with less experience. This means you are not more expensive on balance. After all, fewer hours at a high rate comes to the bottom of the line, approximately, at the same final balance as more hours at a lower rate. An equal quality, and thus a fair course of the law, is thus guaranteed – for all parties.
That’s the theory. It is difficult to measure whether this always applies in practice. There are also voices that suspect that certainly in large international business transactions, the right can be ‘bought’. Expensive lawyers who master the art of endless litigation and thus try to smoke out the opposing party. It is also said on a smaller scale than a local lawyer often has to compete with a chic lawyer from the Amsterdam Zuidas. Whether that is true? See, in practice, the law should prevail and not the most expensive lawyer. Moreover, evidence for the preceding statements is lacking. on the other hand, as defined above, a combination of information, revel in, and “office name” determines the hourly charge of most lawyers. This means that an expensive lawyer usually has a lot of knowledge of a certain area of law and is also an experienced advocate.
Which lawyer should I choose?
Advocaten.nl believes in references. It must be because we are an internet platform. And of these, in a general sense, it can be said that they exist by the grace of references. It is also nice for potential clients of a lawyer to learn from other clients how they experienced the work of the lawyer in question. Was the lawyer easily accessible by e-mail? By phone? How was communication about the route to be followed?
The latter is an important point. It is wise to inquire about the expected amount of hours that a lawyer intends to spend on the matter at the start of a process that you are entering into with a lawyer. Often a very reasonable estimate can be made. This allows you to consider whether initiating legal proceedings before a court is worthwhile. A possible appeal following the procedure in the first instance can also be included in this estimate.
At the same time, the lawyer must of course keep a close eye on things. If things come up during the procedure that was not foreseen before and that have a significant effect on the case, it may be that a (substantial) number of extra hours will have to be charged for this.
But as said: in many cases, an excellent estimate can be made of the expected costs. A good lawyer must be able to make this assessment and also explain in which cases and under which circumstances the case increases or decreases in size. The advantage of this part of the legal profession is that it is fairly easy to review. By simply asking clients who preceded you: to what extent could the lawyer give a good estimate of your chances and the scope of the case? That is what Advocate Search does, and partly on the basis of this, we make the match between your assignment and a suitable lawyer. Because we know: a good match increases the chance of success!
Do you need to click with your lawyer?
Much has already been written about the “click” elsewhere. There are even studies of its importance. And they show that lawyers think that a client chooses him or her mainly because of certain expertise, but clients choose, according to the researchers, a lawyer mainly on the confidence they have in collaboration. Indeed, trust is an important part of the relationship between a client and a lawyer. You take a vulnerable position because personal facts are brought up or because a lawyer gains insight into the figures of your company, etc. Moreover, there is something going on, there is a counterparty in the game with whom a conflict has arisen. Under these circumstances, it is logical that you want to feel good about the lawyer who is assisting you. On the other hand, this shouldn’t be exaggerated either. Every relationship is partly based on trust, that between client and lawyer is no exception. Still, you may wonder whether trust really should play a decisive role. In essence, you hire a lawyer to provide legal assistance to you. That is what he or she should be primarily judged on.
How do I choose a good lawyer?
You can of course, with the above tips in hand, look for a suitable lawyer yourself.