Choosing a Lawyer

Skillful, competent legal representation can make the difference between winning and losing your case at trial or on appeal. Select your attorney carefully. Schedule a personal visit with a prospective attorney without delay. Any initial consultation should be free of charge in most situations. You are interviewing the attorney, and the attorney will be evaluating you and your case from both a legal and business standpoint.

Frequently Asked Questions
  1. How many years has the attorney been in practice? Where did he or she go to law school? Where else has he or she practiced law besides Hawaii? Does he or she carry malpractice insurance?
    Note that it is entirely possible for an ethical and competent attorney to be the subject to disciplinary proceedings as the result of a client's complaint, but the result of the investigation could be that the attorney had acted correctly, and that no disciplinary action was appropriate.
    Conversely, even if no disciplinary action is on the record, the attorney could still be incompetent or dishonest. Check further, by asking the prospective attorney for references.
  2. Other attorneys are often a good source of referrals and recommendations; they may know who could handle your case competently in the event that they cannot. Ask for two or three names, and check out each one.
  3. What kinds of cases does the attorney handle on a routine basis? If you have a military justice or DUI problem, you must find an attorney who emphasizes these areas of practice.
  4. How many cases similar to yours has the attorney handled recently (past 12 months)?
  5. In court-martial cases, has your lawyer served in the military? In what capacity, and how long ago? How many courts-martial has he or she handled recently?
  6. Insist upon a written contract between you and the attorney that states exactly what the fee will be, when the fee has to be paid, and when the representation ends.
  7. Finally, although more than one attorney you interview may be qualified to handle your case, choose the one you feel most comfortable with. Personal rapport is important for both client and lawyer in working together to win your case.

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The sooner Earle A. Partington can start working together on your defense, the easier it will be to obtain a positive result. He pays attention to detail (see In The News).

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Please note: EARLE A. PARTINGTON DOES NOT PROVIDE LEGAL SERVICES IN THE AREA OF VETERANS LAW WHICH HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH MILITARY LAW. Contact the local office of the Veterans Administration for assistance, or search the internet for Washington, D.C., attorneys emphasizing Veterans Law. Earle A. Partington knows nothing about Veterans Law.