Locate the Law Offices Near Me in the area. This can be a challenge especially if new to the area. There are many lawyers in the world, with offices that are both large or small. You can find some lawyers that offer everything while others are specialists. Typically the individual lawyer is a specialist and a law office is made up of different specialists to offer a full service legal offering.
Find Law Offices Near Me – Map Location
Using the map above is the best way to find the nearest law office. When you view the above map you will be able to see a large cluster of the local law offices. Just select one of them that seems familiar and track down their contact details to reach out and set up a meeting.
Big Firm or Specialty Boutique?
Some law offices can help you with one or two legal services, some just one and others are large buildings with thousands of lawyers. The choice is yours into what you are looking for. Whether that’s a small firm, personal touch feel or the expensive, I just want the best lawyer. Some types of law you might find in a larger office include:
- Estates & Trusts
- Real Estate
Structure of People
Law offices and firms can be confusing when you don’t completely understand the hierarchy of the staff. It’s hard to know when you’re speaking to someone on the phone, are they expensive? How much do they know?
The Managing Partner(s): These are the partners that have control over the direction and business decisions of the firm. Typically these are the founders. More often than not there’s only one or two managing partners.
The Named Partners: This is about as clear as it gets. These are the partners that have their name on the door or are the name of the firm. This is purely a status thing and often comes with a bit more weight behind opinions and direction alongside the managing partner.
The Senior Partners: These are typically equity partners (as are named and managing partners) and there can be several senior partners. Each new partner however further dilutes everyone else’s share in the pie. These partners share the profits of the entire firm, but as a result are responsible for bringing in new clients on their own.
The Junior Partners: Also referred to as non-equity partners, these partners have the recently received “partner status” but not necessarily act as equity-sharing partners. For some firms they do have equity sharing for juniors and it’s only a matter of years of experience (or revenue, goal targets, etc.). For others however it is a matter of probation or test period where newly deemed partners can use that terminology to more effectively win business. And should they be able to gain more revenue for the firm, the quicker they will make it to an equity-partner status.
The Senior Associates: After a certain number of years experience, if you don’t have it, you will likely be let go or indefinitely a junior partner. For those that are good and put their time in, they move up the ranks to Senior partner and with that comes a pay raise (and bump in pay scale for your phone calls with them!).
The Junior Associates: Humble beginnings.
Paralegals: These are the staff that will be the ones truly doing the “dig deep” research and winning over those tricky cases.
Reception: How is the law firm running? It’s because they have great staff running the daily operations.
If you’re interested in their take home pay it can be huge if it’s a senior partner at a large law office. Otherwise it will be a bit more modest in the beginning. You can find pay information here.
How Will They Charge Me?
The classic stereotype you’ll hear almost anywhere is that a lawyer will charge you for every second of their time. Did you pass one on the street and say hello? You’ll probably see an invoice for at least $25.00 in the mail. The fact of the matter is that’s not exactly how it works.
- Retainer + Billable hours: Still one of the most common practices today, anytime there’s a new law office client, they will often look for a retainer (prepayment, down payment, upfront payment, whatever you want to call it) and then charge hours against the retainer. They don’t like spending valuable time unless they’ve got a financial commitment from you.
- Contingency: Another common practice for large settlement cases, whether it’s personal injury or property tax is to take a percentage of winnings. This is often between 33% and 50% but the upside is that if there are no winnings, you’re not out any money.
- Fixed Pricing: This is becoming more popular in real estate law. A lot of people are turning to fixed pricing lawyers that can guarantee closing costs will only be $750 for example and not dependent on hours.