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HOW TO FIND AND HIRE AN ATTORNEY Finding an attorney can be a daunting task. Hopefully this guide will make that task easier. Listed below are tips on finding and hiring an attorney, along with online resources that can assist you. Sources for identifying attorneys include referrals from friends and family, local, regional and national bar associations, your state bar, and online attorney locators such as http://directory.findlaw.com/, http://www.look4law.com/AttorneyHome.asp, and http://www.legaldirectories.com/. You may want to talk to several attorneys in your local area before choosing one. Compare and contrast the attorneys’ fees, their attitudes and responsiveness. Attorneys have different fee structures, approaches towards cases, and attitudes towards clients and cases. Before consulting with an attorney, inquire about whether the consultation is free. If it is not, find out the cost and what will be provided during the consultation. Prior to an initial consultation, ask what information you should bring or have on hand if it is a telephone consultation. At the consultation ask in-depth questions about the attorney’s fees including the type of fee arrangement he uses and whether those fees are negotiable. Talk to the attorney about his experience with cases similar to your case. Ask questions about the lawyer’s practice including how long he or she has been in practice, past employment and whether the attorney has ever been disciplined by state licensing authorities. Question whether the attorney will personally handle your case. Additional resources regarding hiring and interviewing an attorney can be found at http://directory.findlaw.com/. BIG’s Attorney Referral Service provides a list of skilled employment discrimination attorneys. For additional information, contact the Attorney Referral Service Coordinator at 1-800-430-7848. Disclaimer: BIG does not endorse or guarantee access to the websites noted above. BIG does not endorse or guarantee the attorneys listed on those websites. BIG does not endorse or guarantee the attorneys listed through its Attorney Referral Service.