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Strategies to Find the Best Attorney When You Need One

Strategies to Find the Best Attorney When You Need One

When someone hears you need to hire an attorney they automatically think something is wrong, however, there are several reasons why someone will need an attorney. For example, you may need to hire an attorney when purchasing a house, for insurance purposes, or even for immigration. No matter what the reason, it’s important you hire someone who can get the job done right. You’ll be spending a lot of money hiring an attorney so it’s important you receive the outcome you plan on. Here are some factors that matter when looking to hire an attorney. With the growth of the internet, finding the right attorney has become easier as you’ll learn while reading through this content.

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Referrals

One of the best ways to find a reputable attorney is simply by asking someone. Others have been in the same position where they needed a lawyer; they can provide valuable insight on what to look for.

They can also give you the name and phone number of an attorney they have used in the past. You can ask your referral about their experience with the attorney and the outcome they received. The attorneys may give you a few hundred dollars for sending someone to them and providing business. You can collect this money or pass on the discount to the person who referred you.

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If you decide to ask someone for a referral, it’s important you pick their brain and find out as much as you can about the process. This will help you going forward because you’ll know what to expect when you enter your consultation.

Online Reviews

The Internet has changed the way people connect and conduct business online. Not only that, but you can find a lot of valuable information by doing a quick search in Google. For example, there are popular sites that allow people to review their experience with attorneys. Lawyerratingz.com and avvo.com are two popular review websites where you’ll be able to find the information you need.

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If you are looking to hire an attorney then head over to these websites and read what others are saying about them. Pay close attention to what others have written because this will help you make a more informed decision before hiring an attorney. When using these websites, focus on the number of reviews in combination with the rating because a 1-star rating out of 253 5-star ratings holds less weight then a 1-start rating from a single client.

Free Consultation

Take advantage of the free consultations offered by attorneys before hiring them. This will give you a chance to ask them questions that are on your mind. I would suggest thinking about some questions and writing them down before your consultation. This way you don’t forget anything important during your meeting, which would have had a significant impact on your case.

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A great way to find out about the attorney’s track record is by viewing their case results. Successful attorneys always have case results (portfolio) either on their website and/or office. Skim through their cases and look at the results to find out how many were successful. Here is an example of a military lawyer which had success.

Another quick tip: schedule a free consultation with a lawyer who is an expert in what you’re looking for. If you have an immigration matter, visit an immigration lawyer not a criminal lawyer.

Ask Other Lawyers

Asking other lawyers for a referral is a great way to find someone reliable. Lawyers always want you to have the best because this helps them going forward. The more successful a case, the more business for them going forward. Schedule a free consultation and if the lawyer cannot help you, then ask them for a referral. Lawyers that have been practicing for years can help guide you in the right direction.

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Last Updated on July 23, 2019

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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  • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
  • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
  • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
  • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
  • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
  • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

1. Realize You’re Not Alone

Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

2. Find What Inspires You

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Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

3. Give Yourself a Break

When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

4. Shake up Your Routines

Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

5. Start with a Small Step

Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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