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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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