Hiring An Attorney

Hiring an attorney may be advisable depending on the legal situation involved.  Though the law is accessible to every American, it is not usually in someone’s best interest to represent themselves before a court or in certain legal transactions.  As it is said:

“He who is own lawyer has a fool for a client.”

Some might imply that this means that someone who is not an attorney will be a fool in legal matters.  This is not necessarily so.  An individual’s lack of knowledge of both the law and legal proceedings impairs their ability to navigate their own legal matters.  This is best left to a legal professional.

There are very few aspects of a personal or business transaction that are not, in some way, addressed by federal, state or city law.  Whenever you engage in a transaction or make an agreement with another individual or business, it is always good to be certain that you fully understand the legal ramifications of what you are doing.  Not being mindful of your actions may leave you with criminal or civil liability.  An attorney can assist you in protecting your legal rights and be an advocate for your interests.

An attorney is a legal professional who has completed law school and been admitted to the “bar” of one or more states.  Just because someone graduated from law school, does not imply that they are licensed to practice law.  When searching for an attorney to represent you, there are certain things to consider.

First, find an attorney that is licensed to practice in your state.  The State Bar of Texas (www.texasbar.com) is a good place to find out if an attorney is admitted to practice in Texas.

Next, you should be sure that an attorney specializes in the area of law in which you need representation (i.e. criminal, divorce, probate, personal injury or business).  There are a wide array of specialties and sub-specialties.  Therefore, it is always good to search for attorneys that work specifically with clients in need of your particular type of representation.

Other than seeking word of mouth referrals, it is advisable to seek out an attorney’s “rating”.  Martindale-Hubbell provides such ratings.

A rating is comprised of two factors.

First, an attorney has a “Peer Rating”.  In this rating, other attorneys rate each other (their peers) as to competency and professionalism.

Next, and attorney has an “Ethics Rating”.  This rating addresses an attorney’s ethical history.  This rating takes into consideration any previous action by the state bar, such as disbarment (revoking of an attorney’s license to practice law), fines, grievances and other matters in which the state bar has had to intervene to protect the professional standards of the legal profession in the state.

Ron Grant has an “AV” rating with Martindale-Hubble, which is the highest peer and ethics rating an attorney can receive in the United States.

See Ronald Grant on Martindale-Hubble

Education and competency are very important.  There is nothing that can replace decades of experience of practicing law.  But there are many fine young attorneys who have been educated at the best law schools in the nation.  Years of experience practicing with opposing attorneys, judges and clients give an attorney a better understanding of how to most effectively represent their client.  Ron Grant has been practicing law in Texas for more than forty one years, effectively representing hundreds of clients in wide array of cases.

Although what makes an attorney “good” is subjective, these standards are a commonly held litmus test for you to use in your search for an attorney.  Education, competency and experience are all very important.  It is also important for you to find an attorney that you can feel comfortable representing your interests and who can relate to your concerns with empathy.

You are always welcome to contact Ron to discuss your particular needs.