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Costs & Value: The cost and the value of a lawyer can be represented by the price that he or she charges as well as the services he or she offers for that price. Look closely at any contracts, take the retainer into consideration and ask about any additional charges. Some lawyers charge a simple per hour charge while others add on additional rates for added services. You should also be aware that some lawyers will charge more for different cases and some will refuse to perform certain services (I.E. many lawyers do not handle custody cases). You should determine the cost of the lawyer and you should attempt to get a final quote or estimated price for the entire case. You can also consider finding a lawyer who will allow you to pay your fees off in payments rather than all at once. Another consideration is the value of the lawyer. A younger lawyer is more likely to be cheaper and easier to afford but will have less experience in winning cases than an older lawyer. It is your choice which way (or if you want a middle ground) that you want to go.
Reputation: The last tip for hiring the right attorney is to check their reputation. A large percentage of lawyers have online sites where their clients can post reviews. Most lawyers are also part of large companies that help them find work and offer you the security of knowing you are working with a verified lawyer.
You can also consider asking your friends and family if they know of any good lawyers. Word of mouth is still one of the most efficient ways to get in touch with a good lawyer because it is the most direct way of hearing a review.
When you hire your lawyer, make sure that both you and they know exactly what they are expected to do for the price agreed. You should fully outline your problem before hiring a St Louis lawyer and make sure that you get a full quote for the issue. However; you should also remember that sometimes the unexpected happens and the case might cost more or less than expected.