The best way to find a lawyer is often is to take advice from acquaintances, relatives and friends. It is always advisable to talk to somebody who has faced a legal crisis similar to your issue. When faced with a corporate matter one can talk to legal manager in your company or take advice on phone from legal person in your friend’s organization. One can approach an NGO in case of a public interest litigation. There are various websites on the internet displaying data on lawyers as per there area of specialization .There are directories mentioning list of lawyers practicing at various forums and courts. One can also approach law firms which can recommend a lawyer with specialization in your dispute.
Timely action is very essential so that you are not barred by the limitation period for approaching the court. Having screened and shortlisted a list of lawyers concerning your matter the next step is to check on the credentials of the lawyers. One can talk to community people about the merit and character of the lawyer .Your matter might take many years to get resolved, hence it is very important that you choose a lawyer with whom you share compatibility and feel easy and comfortable to talk about your problem. Mutual trust is a must in a lawyer and client relationship. As a client one should not hold back any information, fact, and data relevant to your matter. There are generalists and a specialist class of lawyers .Specialist is a lawyers who has worked under a lawyer with a specialization in a particular field of practice i.e. constitutional law, criminal law, corporate law , public interest litigation , family law, mergers ,acquisitions, FEMA, MRTP, insurance, taxation , consumer law, property law, medical negligence, etc. The diverse nature of law often makes it essential for a lawyer to have worked under a specific field for a number of years to give him an expertise and grip of the legal and procedural intricacies. The years of practice are generally a valid ground to screen a lawyer. One should also take an account of the lawyer’s history with respect to his association with a law firm or senior as an intern or during the training period as this would give you an idea of his legal knowledge and expertise. The details of the number of cases handled and favorable orders received from the court.