How to choose and hire a lawyer

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Selecting a good lawyer to represent you or advise you in India is an art in itself.

No wonder so many companies have full-time lawyers who specialise in, among other things, selecting and instructing the best legal representation for the best price.

We have compiled some tips to help you find the best legal representation.


Ask yourself very clearly why you need a lawyer, and what you would expect from them.

Ask yourself about outcomes: what is your best-case, ideal result, or what do you definitely not want to happen? For example:

  • Do you want the court to order someone else to pay you the money they owe you?
  • Do you want someone else to be forced to do something?
  • Do you want to avoid someone forcing you to do something?
  • Do you want your lawyer to draw up a contract?
  • Do you know what area of law your problem falls into? Family law? Criminal law? Commercial contract? Real estate? Etc?

Finally, ask yourself how much you can afford to spend.

Find a lawyer

Ask friends and family for recommendations for lawyers they have used before.

Try to avoid a generalist. I.e., if your friend's friend used a lawyer for their divorce, that lawyer may not be very good at doing a real estate transaction (even if he or she claims to be an expert in everything).

It is best if that lawyer has some experience in the area of law your are looking for.

Talk to your potential lawyer

Once you have identified your potential lawyer candidate, call them, send them an email or schedule a visit.

  • Explain all the important facts of your case or work openly, honestly and as clearly as possible.
  • Ask your potential lawyer how exactly they will help you, step by step.
  • Ask for a realistic date for completion of every stage of that work.
  • Ask your lawyer about where potential delays could lie and how long they think it could take at most.

But beware: The time court cases in India take are notoriously to predict, and could run up into years or decades.

Lawyers may therefore be prone to promise too much and deliver too little, so take whatever they say with a pinch of salt.