Applying those ideas to the matter of choosing a lawyer, the odds are that if a particular lawyer has generally satisfied his/her prior clients, then s/he will most likely satisfy future clients. Similarly, if a lawyer’s colleagues–other lawyers who have worked with or against that lawyer, recommend using that lawyer, then it is likely that the lawyer has done impressive work in the past, and so, will likely do so in the future. Now, of course, there are some people who are never satisfied by anyone; and others, who pose as a lawyer’s former client in order to bad-mouth a lawyer who represented another party in a case. Those folks can be expected to not speak well of a particular lawyer. The balance of opinion is what should be controlling. Does it look like a particular lawyer typically satisfies his/her clients?
Finally, looking at a lawyer’s Disciplinary Record with the State Bar of Texas might also yield helpful information about how responsibly that lawyer handles cases. Learning a lawyer’s Better Business Bureau rating might also provide useful information.
When choosing a lawyer, just like when picking any other professional for services, seeking-out the sound advice of people whom we trust should be our first step. If, however, we cannot obtain a recommendation that way, then we can look to the experiences of people who have previously worked with that professional. While not everyone is objective and of good motive, we know that the balance of opinion about that professional is important.
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