Our site will help you to find the right lawyer, that is the one that suits you best in terms of competence, availability, pricing, mode of operation in general.
The one who will be the right advocate for you will not be the same as another person placed in a different situation or placed in the same situation but who has different search criteria.
The purpose of this short guide is to explain how this liberal professional, the lawyer, works, so that you can make your choice knowingly.
1. How to ensure the competence of a lawyer?
All lawyers have, in terms of degree, at least a master’s degree in law (now called Master I). However, most of them also have DEA or DESS (now known as Master II) that let you know what their initial training is.
Nevertheless, this initial training does not always correspond to their professional activity.
The occupation recognizes qualifications that you will find in the search criteria.
These specializations, of which there are fifteen, can only be claimed by lawyers with at least four years of experience and a professional examination before the Bar.
It is therefore a guarantee of quality.
However, since the system of attribution of specializations is quite obsolete and does not cover all the specializations of the law, a large number of lawyers renounce their specialization examinations (whose reform has been announced for a long time) View a preferred area of expertise.
These special areas of competence appear in our simple search.
Lawyers who have registered on this site and who have fulfilled the criteria have committed themselves on the honor to master perfectly the subjects in which they have been referenced.
Finally, some subjects require a hyper specialization that only experience and everyday practice can give.
This is why we have implemented sub-criteria, sometimes very sharp, in order to enable you to find the competent lawyer.
Again, our site guarantees that the lawyer referenced in this matter is committed to know it perfectly.
2. Should a lawyer be geographically close?
It all depends on the performance you are going to give him.
In the context of small-scale litigation, geographical proximity is a major asset: lawyers will be easy to meet and their travel expenses will not unnecessarily increase the file.
On the other hand, when it comes to disputes with significant financial stakes and / or legal advice, geographical proximity matters much less.
In the case of a dispute, and if the matter is of importance, the costs and travel time will have little impact on the lawyer’s fees.
Under these conditions, both take a lawyer who perfectly suits your needs even if it is far away.
Of course, the meeting will be less easy but telephone appointments or exchanges of emails can perfectly do the trick.
Regarding requests for consultation or legal advice, distance matters even less. As much as to take a lawyer who understands your problem perfectly even if it is distant, the geographical distance in this case of no importance.
3. How much availability do I expect from my lawyer?
Not all clients need the same availability and not all lawyers are willing to provide the same availability.
Indeed, some clients tend to call their lawyers very frequently to “take news”, others are content with a simple email of information, with the charge for the lawyer to inform them when an event s’ Is produced in the file.
And conversely, not all lawyers are prepared for the same availability, depending on their schedules and characters.
Make sure that when you entrust your file, the degree of availability you expect is consistent with how your lawyer works.
Be careful, too frequent a request for attention will unnecessarily inflate the fees of the file (answering the phone is time), whereas it might have been enough to trust your lawyer to inform you every time The major step in the
4. What is the relationship with his lawyer?
It is essential to have a healthy and enjoyable relationship with his lawyer.
To be well defended, it is necessary to be able to explain all the ins and outs of your case to your lawyer. As a result, it is imperative to be comfortable with it.
If a lawyer you know, or who has been recommended to you, may be a good solution, you should not let this knowledge prevent you from calmly exposing the entire situation to him.
In such a case, it is better to choose a lawyer whom you do not know, but who is competent, and to whom you can expose all your disputes.
Finally, in the case of a human relationship, the “current” must pass between your lawyer and you. You must have a good “feeling”.
Choosing a lawyer of approximately the same age as you may be a good solution for example.
On the other hand, if you are young and you need to be reassured, an experienced lawyer may be profitable.
4. How are the fees calculated?
The lawyers fees are totally free. They can range from 1 to 10 and do not be reflective of their skills in the field you are looking for. As such, a media lawyer will make you pay for his notoriety, not necessarily his competence.
Most lawyers display an hourly rate that they apply by varying it according to the type of litigation, the notoriety of the firm, the complexity of the case.
The rules of professional conduct of lawyers even stipulate that fees may be varied according to the client’s objective financial situation.
The hourly rate varies among lawyers between 80 and 800 €, the “normal” price is actually between 150 and 250 €.
Hour pricing has the benefit of transparency (provided you can ask the lawyer to justify the number of hours spent on your file), but may complicate the estimate of the dispute.
Conflict divorce may last as long as one year or two years, and the fees to be incurred will also depend on the opponent’s reaction and the ability to multiply procedures or procedural incidents.
It is also possible to foresee a fixed fee, which avoids unpleasant surprises.
This is a solution that must be negotiated in advance with the lawyer, at the time you entrust your file to him.
It is imperative to ask for an estimate from the first appointment.
This possibility is offered by our site thanks to the generators of estimate even before the first appointment, which makes it possible to frame completely the service of the lawyer.
As part of a package, it is imperative to predict in advance what the package will include (fees but also travel expenses, stamp charges, phone calls, etc.).
As an example, the following packages are commonly applied: For an amicable divorce of € 1,500 to € 3,500, for the recovery of unpaid rents between € 800 and € 1,200, for a challenge of building permits between 1 500 and € 2,500.
It is also possible to make a fee agreement in which the lawyer will remunerate mainly by a percentage.
This mode of operation is evidently only possible in the event that the dispute concerns a sum of money where you will be able to obtain one. If your dispute involves the cancellation of a building permit, there is no amount of money at the key, the fee agreement is therefore inapplicable.
On the other hand, if you attack your employer in the context of a dismissal and you hope to obtain compensation, the fee agreement is conceivable.
Remuneration exclusively by means of an incentive plan is illegal in France.
At least one party must be settled by a lump sum fee.
Most lawyers therefore practice a modest fixed fee (between 300 and 700 €) which will be added to the result fee (usually between 8 and 15%).
This may be an interesting solution that will “motivate the lawyer”.
Finally, in the event of a dispute over the fees, the president of the Bar Association is competent.
5. What is legal aid?
It is a system implemented by the State and which allows, under certain conditions of resources, to charge the fees of your lawyer by the State. This is an advantageous system that you should not hesitate to use.
On the other hand, it is imperative to ensure in advance that the lawyer accepts this mode of operation.
Indeed, lawyers have no obligation to accept legal aid, which some people refuse because the rates of compensation for their work, imposed by the State, are extremely low. It is imperative to make sure of this point with it.
On the other hand, our search engine makes it possible to look for lawyers who have declared to accept legal aid.
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6. What is legal protection insurance?
Legal protection insurance is insurance that covers litigation and litigation.
It is either attached to a standard insurance (a certain number of auto insurance include legal protection allowing to challenge for example the withdrawals of points) or it can be subscribed in a completely autonomous way. There are also some legal protections attached to credit card subscription.
These insurance are quite interesting, indeed, for a very reasonable monthly premium (from 5 to 10 €), your disputes will be covered by this insurance. Of course, there are deductibles and insurance limits for these insurance and some do not cover any type of litigation.
On the other hand, when they are intended to apply, they cover both the lawyer’s fees but also the costs of bailiffs, the fees of legal experts … etc.
So it’s an excellent solution.
In addition, putting this insurance in place does not stop you from choosing the lawyer you want.
Finally, these insurances are not always limited and make it possible to handle several disputes simultaneously.
7. Can lawyers be easily changed?
The rules of ethics governing the relations between lawyers make it easy to change lawyers.
As a courtesy, you will of course have informed your initial lawyer not only that you no longer wish to work with him but also reasons why you no longer wish to work with him.
After you have paid your fees, you will be able to see a new lawyer who will take care of the direct transmission of your file.
Be careful, in a certain number of cases, the files can only be transmitted from lawyer to lawyer and you will not be able, if you do not choose a new lawyer, to “retrieve your file”.
Moreover, and contrary to a widespread view, lawyers in principle only keep copies and therefore do not have to make any records.
The file that has been dealt with remains in the cabinet and is archived for five years without you being able to demand any restitution of these elements, except the originals.
The change of lawyer is therefore easy.
Be careful, however, not to abuse the possibility of changing your lawyer and reserve this solution only in situations of deep discontent.
Indeed, the new lawyer will have to re-examine the whole file which, by definition, will lead to an increase in fees.
Also, do not, through too many lawyers, appear as a “difficult client” that no lawyer of the place will want to deal with.
Now that you know how this profession works, you are ready to make your choice in a relevant way among all the lawyers referenced on our site.
Good research !