Those who haven’t hired an attorney before are likely to have a few questions. Being unfamiliar with attorneys and their practices isn’t necessarily a bad thing; however, it’s good to know the basics before you decide on one. Even if you’re not looking to hire just yet, here are answers to commonly asked questions about lawyers and what they do.
Q: What exactly is a lawyer?
A: A lawyer provides legal advice on behalf of an individual or group involved in a legal issue. Their duties include, but are not limited to: research, drafting briefs, presenting arguments, negotiating terms, and advising their clients. Aspiring attorneys need to complete three years of legal education and pass the bar exam.
Q: Can I hire a lawyer from a different state?
A: Typically, no. Attorneys and lawyers must pass specific bar exams in order to be able to practice law in that state. Sometimes, given the extensive experience they may have, it can be approved to allow that attorney to practice out of state– but only if they have received approval from the state’s highest court.
Q: How much do lawyers cost?
A: It depends. Some attorneys charge by the hour based on their level of experience, however some charge a simple flat fee for their services. Depending on the type of case, some attorneys do not charge unless you win your case.
Q: How can I find a good lawyer?
A: Delving into the background of the attorney you’re looking to hire is critical to knowing more about them. Educating yourself on their past cases and special areas of practice is a smart way to gauge the level of experience they possess. You can out more about our lawyers here!
Founded in 2000, Gaines, Novick, Ponzini, Cossu & Venditti, LLP brings together a group of highly qualified attorneys focused on serving the legal needs of individuals, businesses and municipalities throughout New York, Connecticut and the surrounding areas. For appellate cases, we have a number of attorneys that specialize in the specific fields you may be looking for. To learn more about our firm, please click here to see a summary of our practice areas, or contact us at 914-288-9595 or by filling out this online form today.