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Reviews: Finding the Right Lawyer

by Jay Isenberg, American Bar Association, 256 pages

Reviewed by Allan Parmelee

Clear and to the point, while easy to understand. In Finding the Right Lawyer, the author presents one of the most concise, detailed and powerful presentations of a checklist of what to look for in a lawyer and how to find it. For example, the use of free sources, yellow pages, referrals, the Martindale-Hubbel Law Directory, etc., are all unmistakable methods to find the lawyer right for you. The Martindale Hubbel directory only lists about 30% of the nation's lawyers, the ones who are "A" rated on an A, B, C scale. The author explains why about 60% of the people who call a lawyer referral service either don't need a lawyer or cannot afford one. He also strongly explains why people should not represent themselves pro se or go small claims.

While this book was written in 1995, its underlying message is timeless. The internet is emerging as a good place to find legal counsel, which this book only briefly mentions. The lack of more internet information is its only drawback. The book also discusses attorney fees, contingency cases, costs and much more. I bought this book myself in 1996 and I am as excited about it today as I was four years ago. It is a must buy if you are contemplating hiring an attorney or seeking counsel on a contingency or pro bono basis. Highly recommended. The many listed resources are worth the price alone. Cost is $19.95. Order from: PLN, 2400 N.W. 80th St. PMB 148, Seattle, WA 98117. Add $3.20 priority mail shipping.

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