Benefits of working with a solo practitioner
Are you someone who needs to hire a lawyer? If so, you have options. One option is to work with an attorney who practices law by him or herself. They are called solo practitioners, or solos.
What benefit do you, the legal client, get from working with a solo? We’ve listed some below:
- A solo is 1 person, so chances are he or she will not cost as much as hiring a law firm. What’s the number one complaint from legal clients? Costs!
- A solo has complete control over what they do on your case. You’re paying 1 person. You’re dealing with 1 person who knows your case inside and out.
- You get the same person throughout the life of your legal matter. In many bigger (or even smaller/mid-size) firms, a client may seek out representation based on a particular attorney/senior partner’s reputation or expertise. Often times, the senior partner will hand the case over to a junior attorney or associate since the senior partner is involved in networking and rainmaking for the firm. Therefore, the client’s actual experience may end up being different than what they may have signed up for. With a solo practitioner, you have the advantage of dealing with the same person through the highs and lows of the case. Clients get consistency and accountability from the 1 person they choose to hire.
- A solo can manage their own caseload better so they can respond to you in a more timely way. Legal clients often say they are frustrated by lawyers because the lawyer never calls them back. Lawyers that work for law firms are normally given their cases; they may not be able to say “No, I have too many cases right now so I can’t take this next one.” A solo is their own boss. They can respond to you sooner because they control how much work they have.
Wait… stop. What if you think you need an attorney but don’t know where to begin?
Sara Kubik is the attorney who created this directory. She was once a legal client and understands the frustrations you may be going through. Attorneys often speak in legalese and forget that they use words that people have no idea what they mean!
She organized this site to show the areas where attorneys practice. But what if you don’t know the area for your problem? What if you don’t know, exactly, what a probate attorney does? Do you need an attorney who can help you with a trust or a will (or both)? Maybe you need an attorney who does both immigration AND divorce?
You may have questions on what kind of attorney you need for your case.
Sara’s not claiming to be an expert on every area of law, but if you e-mail her your basic questions… questions on where to begin to find solo practitioners on this site, she can steer you in the right direction.
Send a short email to firstname.lastname@example.org so Sara can help direct you to the awesome solo practitioners listed on www.solo-attorneys.com.