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How to Use Peer Review Ratings to Choose the Right Lawyer

Harding Law Firm - Thursday, January 23, 2014
When it comes to choosing the right lawyer, simply opening up the phone book and picking one is not going to give you the best results. So, how does one go about finding the right lawyer?  By examining the peer reviews.

You are probably already familiar with reviews – you can find them for nearly any product or service sold today. The Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ help those trying to find the right lawyer. You can use these to identify, evaluate, and select the most appropriate lawyer for your specific legal need.

Ratings serve as a third-party indicator that a lawyer has the skills and standards a person might need. When they are combined with the Martindale-Hubbell Client Review Ratings, a person hiring a lawyer gets fact based data to support their decision on which lawyer to hire.    

How the Ratings Work when Choosing the Right Lawyer
The Martindale-Hubbell ratings reflect a particular lawyer’s legal ability based on the following 5 key areas:

1.    Legal knowledge – in particular, a lawyer’s familiarity with the laws governing their area of practice
2.    Judgment – a demonstrated ability to drive the outcome of a given case
3.    Communication – the ability to communicate persuasively and with credibility
4.    Experience – the degree of experience in a specific area of practice
5.    Analytic capability – creativity when analyzing legal issues and applying legal knowledge

The Numeric Rating Definitions

The numeric ratings assigned to each lawyer for every category coincide with certification marks defined as follows:

4.5-5.0 AV Pre-eminent – the highest level of professional excellence
3.0-4.4 BV Distinguished – widely respected, these lawyers stand out from the competition

Charles Harding, the founder of The Harding Law Firm, is an AV Pre-eminent peer reviewed lawyer, the highest rating possible. When choosing a lawyer to handle your legal needs, you can’t go wrong if you pick the highest rated lawyers.

Steps to Choosing the Right Lawyer

Experts agree that choosing the right lawyer can be a tricky task for the lay person. We recommend using the following steps to finding the right lawyer:
1.    Consult your local bar association to find a list of local lawyers. Choose your location and get a list.
2.    Check independent reviews. This is where the Martindale-Hubbell ratings come in handy.
3.    Set up an appointment and ask questions. Have a good list of questions ready so you can maximize your time and determine whether the lawyer is the right one for you.

Contact The Harding Law Firm to learn more about how to get legal help in New York State. Contact us today at 518-384-3400 or fill in this contact form to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal needs today.