8 Qualities To Look for When Hiring a Lawyer


Lawyers are friends many of us prefer not to associate with, but they are the best to have in your corner as their intervention can be the determining factor between you and a jail term.

Experienced criminal lawyers can help establish a defendant’s innocence beyond a reasonable doubt.

Due to the urgency of the need for a lawyer, many people make the mistake of hiring the wrong ones, and such a mistake can be catastrophic.

Probably you are presently in need of a lawyer or might need one in the future; read on to see the qualities to look for when choosing an attorney for your case.

Qualities of a good lawyer

Many law firms offer free consultation services. This time is the best to check if the firm or the lawyer that would be assigned to your case possesses the following qualities;

Good Communication skills

A lawyer is your voice in the courtroom. A good lawyer must have fantastic communication skills and be able to present arguments convincingly.

The lawyer should also be able to write concisely and convincingly, as the legal documents for your case need to be persuasive.

Evaluate the lawyer’s listening skills during a one-on-one interaction. A lawyer needs to understand your case to defend you perfectly. A lawyer who is not patient enough to hear you out and ask relevant questions should be avoided.


Your lawyer should be able to understand how you feel. A lawyer who is interested in your case and not just the pay will try to connect with your emotions, and this would be an inspiration that could make the lawyer persevere even when it appears there is no hope for your case.

The empathy quality of a lawyer is helpful in court. Understanding how other humans feel is a skill that can be leveraged when trying to gain the heart of a jury. It can also be used during the cross-examination of witnesses.

Lawyer-client Relationship

Lawyers must demonstrate high emotional intelligence as handling a case requires dealing with people with different personalities. They are expected to be able to find a middle ground between getting too emotionally attached to a case and dealing with reality.

You and your lawyer need to get along. Consider other options if you discover it would be difficult to work with such a person from your first interaction with the lawyer, probably due to temperament.

Likewise, your lawyer should be reachable at all times. Hiring a lawyer in your local area is recommended for accessible communication, such as physical meetings.

You should also be able to trust your lawyer.


Lawyers are not above the law. Sometimes, a lawyer might get away with some illegal actions during your case, but if you believe in integrity and good moral conduct, avoid lawyers that operate otherwise.

However, your lawyer’s mistake, such as obtaining evidence using illegal methods, can complicate your case.

A good lawyer will argue your case using all legal methods without violating any protocol or law.

You want to win your case in a manner you can always remember was fair and square without any guilt of hurting an innocent person in the process.

Years of Experience

Not all layers are suitable for your case. Even though they are all trained in a law school, lawyers afterward usually specialize based on interest.

Lawyers with years of experience handling cases similar to yours stand a better chance than those with preamble knowledge of the area of law.


Good lawyers are creative; they can think on their feet and outside the box. Law is not about who is right or wrong; the judge will always side with the party that was able to substantiate their argument.

A creative lawyer will continuously find a better way to present your case while considering all the possible means the opposing counsel will likely use to counter the argument.

The best way to defeat the opponent is to present the case in a way that flawed their argument, which a creative lawyer best does.

Good Analytic Skills

Law requires strong analytical skills. A good lawyer is competent in thorough research and has a quick grasp of complex subjects.

Information and evidence about a case usually result in large amounts of files. Lawyers need to be able to aggregate them, deduce the needed facts, and select the relevant ones.

With strong analytic skills, your lawyer will be able to present you with different possibilities for the case outcome, with recommendations for the best option that suits your interest.


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