When you have a complex legal problem, you need to find an experienced lawyer who can offer strategic advice, provide legal information, and apply well-developed skills to your case.
Here’s how to find the right lawyer for your situation in Everett, WA.
How to Find a Good Lawyer
Two of the best ways to find a lawyer are through personal referrals and reviews.
If you know other people who have faced the same legal challenge you are facing, ask them who their lawyers were and whether they would recommend them. Depending on the issue, you may be able to find an advocacy or survivor’s group in your community who can provide referrals.
Checking reviews is always a critical step in choosing legal counsel. Reviews can give you a great overview of cases a lawyer has covered, as well as a window into their communication style and effectiveness.
If you need legal assistance with a small business matter, you may want to look into business referrals. Accountants, bankers, and insurance agents often come into contact with business lawyers and can provide an informed recommendation.
Interviewing a Prospective Lawyer
Regardless of how you find a prospective lawyer, it’s a good idea to interview them before hiring. You need to find someone whose personality is compatible with yours and who has the experience and accessibility to provide good counsel. Many lawyers are willing to set up a brief complimentary meeting so you can get to know them and make an informed decision.
Here are a few questions to ask each prospect before making a decision:
- How much experience do you have with cases like mine?
- Do you have a history of successful cases?
- How long do you expect my case to last?
- Based on what you know, what do you think is the most likely outcome for my case?
- How will I be able to contact you, and how long will it take you to reply?
- Do you work alone or with a team? If you have a team, can I meet the other team members who will be working on my case?
- What is your fee structure?
- Do you have a cost estimate for this case? Is there anything I can do to keep costs down?
Be wary of attorneys who promise everything you want to hear. If the attorney is open and transparent from the beginning, you can trust they will continue to be transparent going forward.
Experienced Lawyers in Everett, WA
Anderson Hunter Law Firm includes 15 attorneys practicing in a wide variety of areas to meet our clients’ legal needs. We represent individuals throughout Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, King, and Pierce Counties, as well as in Tulalip and Muckleshoot Tribal Courts. Here are just a few of our experienced lawyers.
Criminal Defense Attorneys in Everett
If you have been accused of a crime, Anderson Hunter’s experienced trial attorneys can help. We have advocated for hundreds of individuals in every stage of the process: pre-charging investigation, arraignment, motions, plea negotiation, jury trial, probation violation, and vacating/sealing records.
About Our Criminal Defense Attorneys
Nicole Franklin, a VA Accredited attorney, has been practicing law for over a decade. She has successfully represented clients accused of crimes including driving under the influence, reckless driving, hit and run, theft, and assault. She received her JD from Seattle University School of Law.
Family Attorneys in Everett
Anderson Hunter’s family law attorneys provide skilled representation in adoption, marriage law, divorce, child support, custody, relocation, and other domestic issues. We understand the legal and personal issues at stake, and we provide solid guidance and caring support in the most difficult situations.
About Our Family Attorneys
Laurie Ummel is a shareholder who has been at Anderson Hunter since 2004 and trustee for the Snohomish County Bar Association. Her practice focuses on family law matters, including divorce, custody disputes, parental relocation, adoptions, and dependency cases. She also assists with domestic violence protection orders and property settlement agreements. She received her JD cum laude from Seattle University School of Law.
Ian Johnson is experienced in many litigation areas, including all areas of family and domestic law. Born and raised in Washington State, he has been practicing law for 7 years. He is a graduate of the University of Washington and Willamette Law School.
Geoff Gibbs is a shareholder who has been at Anderson Hunter since 2005 and four-time winner of the Snohomish County Clerk’s Choice Award. As one of the most active trial attorneys in Snohomish County, he is experienced in many litigation areas but primarily practices family and domestic law, as well as business and commercial litigation. He received his JD from the University of Montana School of Law and an LLM (Law & Marine Affairs) from the University of Washington.
Personal Injury Attorneys in Everett
If you have been seriously injured due to another’s negligence, you have a legal right to recover fair compensation for your injuries. Anderson Hunter’s trial attorneys have helped thousands of people recover from the devastating losses that can follow a serious injury, including people with claims arising from auto accidents, product defects, and premises defects.
About Our Personal Injury Attorneys
John “Jack” A. Follis has been a shareholder with Anderson Hunter since 1995. He specializes in tort litigation, primarily injury and employment cases representing individuals, businesses, municipalities, and insurance companies. He has been selected as a “Super Lawyer” by Washington Law & Politics Magazine on multiple occasions. He received his JD from the University of Bridgeport.
Nicole Franklin, a VA Accredited attorney, has been practicing law for over a decade. She has represented over 1,000 individuals in Social Security disability cases and successfully helped her clients win over 7 million dollars in past-due benefits. She received her JD from Seattle University School of Law.
Ryan M. Casey focuses on civil litigation, tort law, and representation of municipalities. Prior to law school, he served on Active Duty in the U.S. Navy as a Naval Flight Officer based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, WA. He received his JD from the University of Washington School of Law.
Real Estate Attorneys in Everett
Anderson Hunter provides full service in real estate matters, including sales, development, leasing, management, and dispute resolution.
About Our Real Estate Attorneys
Jeffrey H. Capeloto is a shareholder who has been at Anderson Hunter since 1986. His primary practice areas include real estate transactions, estate planning, business formation, and business purchase and sale. He received his JD from the University of Washington.
G. Paul “Jeep” Carpenter is a shareholder who has been at Anderson Hunter since 1978. His practice includes advising clients in construction, commercial law, business practice and government, and secured lending as well as real estate. He frequently presents at seminars on lien foreclosures and other contractor and subcontractor related topics. He received his JD from the University of Puget Sound.
Bradford N. Cattle is a shareholder who has been at Anderson Hunter since 1981. His practice emphasizes municipal law, land use and environmental law, and real estate law. He represents several large municipal clients as well as private clients. He received his JD from Willamette University.
C. Michael Kvistad is a shareholder who has been at Anderson Hunter since 2003. He advises clients on buying and selling residential and commercial property, promissory notes, deeds of trust, boundary line agreements and disputes, easements, adverse possession, and real estate development. He received his JD from Washington & Lee University School of Law.
Business Law, Municipal Law, and Mediations
Anderson Hunter attorneys practice in a wide variety of areas to meet our clients’ varied legal needs. In addition to personal law, we also have experienced lawyers who specialize in business law, municipal law, and mediation.
We strive to maintain our long-standing reputation of offering high-quality legal services at a fair price. Contact us today to get in touch with a lawyer near you.