Justia Lawyer Rating
10 Best, Attorney Client Satisfaction Badge from the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
Top 100 Trial Lawyers Badge from The National Trial Lawyers
Top 100 Badge from America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys
Avoo Rating, 10.0 Scott Grabel
Top 10, Attorney and Practice Magazine's, Criminal Defense Law Firm

Finding the Right Lawyer

Finding the right Lawyer can be a difficult and stressful endeavor. Just as you've become preoccupied with serious legal or medical problems you are required to make a good, informed decision about who you want representing you. Your goal should be to find a lawyer with whom you are comfortable on both a personal and a professional level. Since your case may involve very personal and Private information about you, your family, your finances, etc., it is vital that you find someone you can trust.

One of the easiest ways to begin your search is to get recommendations from people whose opinions you respect. This could be an employer, a lawyer at your workplace, a teacher, minister, doctor, relative, neighbor, or friend. Remember, however, that this is just a start. Not every Lawyer works well with everyone, and all cases are unique. Just because a lawyer is good in one area does not mean that he/she is a good lawyer across the board. Make sure the people giving you advice have actually used the lawyer for a similar case. Since lawyers, like doctors, specialize you need to make sure your lawyer is an expert in your field; you wouldn't want an optometrist performing your brain surgery.

The nature of your legal problem will help define the type of lawyer you want to hire. It is your responsibility, however, to communicate your case to your potential lawyers. Since he/she will not know your life or your business, you must take an active role explaining the issues to your lawyer and, once you've decided on one, in the overall case. In general, you should be prepared to answer some basic questions about the case; you should have the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of everyone connected with your case readily available; you should bring all documents including pay stubs, health insurance information, or whatever documentation is involved in your case, to any interview with your prospective lawyer.

Bringing all available documentation and making notes about your problem before meeting with your prospective lawyer for the first time can be very important. It will allow you to present your problem in the clearest and most organized manner possible, and then to evaluate your lawyer's response to you case and questions. Once your lawyer knows what your case is about, you should consider whether you'll be comfortable working closely with the firm, whether you understand his/her explanation of what the case involves, and whether the fee arrangements seem reasonable.

You should be confident that your lawyer can accomplish for you what the laws allow, and one of the best ways to judge this is simply by the sense you get when you first meet with him/her to discuss you case. Characteristics like competency and propriety are often obvious enough that you'll know them when you see them. However, you can also check the record of any lawyer that you are thinking about hiring. An experienced lawyers' record should speak for itself. Nearly every law library in a large city has a verdict reporting service that can give you any lawyer's record (as long as they deal with court cases). In smaller towns you may be able to just ask the local judge about the professionalism of a particular lawyer. most lawyers also work with partners in their firm, paralegals, aids, etc., so find out who else might be involved in case and check their qualifications as well.

Just remember that your lawyer is working for you, so don't be afraid to ask questions, point out inconsistencies, or expect them to give you their time and attention. The bottom line, when it comes to finding a lawyer, is to shop around and make sure that any concerns you have are appropriately addressed. Don't expect Perry Mason, but do look for a lawyer who will work closely with you and allow you to take an active role in the proceedings.

Client Reviews

If you are reading these reviews you are about to make a decision that will have a large impact on the rest of your life. I choose Grabel and Associates to represent me in my case and I could not have been more satisfied with the level of professionalism and dedication to their clients. I had the opportunity to meet and work with multiple lawyers in the practice all of which showcased a vast knowledge and understanding of the inner workings of the legal system. When you choose Scott Grabel to represent you will open yourself up to all of his resources. Depending on your case Grabel knows experts in all fields. I worked with polygraph examiners, investigators, and forensics experts. Grabel and Associates will defend without prejudice of innocence or guilt. Scott Grabel was able to lead me through every step of the process with great communication the whole way. I would recommend Scott Grabel and Associates to my friends, family and anyone who is in need of representation. B. A.
Best attorney in state of Michigan. Caring and a true friend. Scott was with us every step of the way. He fought for a great injustice for our son and was able to provide an outcome that gave his life back. L. A.
Scott and his firm did an awesome job representing a family member of mine, I would highly recommend him and his firm! They were extremely reliable, trustworthy and very informative and did a great job with the case. I couldn't be happier with the results that we received, I can't speak highly enough about the great job he did. If you are thinking about using his firm, I would highly recommend, I would definitely use his firm again if needed, he is an a great attorney with a great firm, you won't be disappointed! M. F.