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attorney tips

If you’re looking for a lawyer, you’re likely going through a stressful time in your life. Finding the right lawyer will help to alleviate that stress but hiring the wrong lawyer may add to it.

Do Your Research

The first step in finding the right lawyer is to do your research. Lawyers typically specialize in specific areas of law. You don’t want to waste your time looking at an attorney that focuses on criminal law when you need someone to help you with your personal injury case. It’s also helpful to look for attorneys with experience and accolades.

Our attorneys at McCoy, Hiestand & Smith have more than 50 years combined experience in personal injury law. Through years of hard work and dedication they have earned numerous awards. Chad and Sheila are both rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbel, have earned “superb” ratings from Avvo and are members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum among many other accolades. Jared has been named a Super-Lawyers Rising Star and a Top 40 Under 40 Attorney by The National Trial Lawyers.

Meet With Your Attorney

The next step would be to set up a meeting with the attorney. No matter how experienced the lawyer is, if you’re not comfortable you may not have an ideal lawyer-client relationship.

Take Notice

While you’re in the beginning stages of hiring your lawyer be sure to pay attention to their communication skills and promptness. You want a lawyer who will work hard on your behalf and follow through promptly with your case.

One of the perks of working with a small firm like McCoy, Hiestand & Smith ensures that you will be able to work directly with your attorney. Chad, Sheila and Jared have made a personal guarantee that their clients will not be relegated to paralegals but will be able to work directly with them.


Remember, every case is different which makes it important to align yourself with a lawyer who is ready and willing to take an individualistic approach to help you. A good lawyer should fight for you and care for you every step of the way.