Finding an attorney doesn’t have to be difficult if you follow these tips from Attorneys’ Information Bureau

When you need an attorney, how do you go about finding one? Most people wait until they’re in crisis mode to start searching. But a frantic search just adds to an already stressful situation.

“The key to finding a great attorney is to start looking right now, before you need one,” says Grant Harken, Operations Manager, Attorneys’ Information Bureau. AIB is a Seattle-based company that provides legal services to lawyers as well as resources to people who need legal help.

“Look at the process of finding a qualified lawyer the same way you do your primary physician. You need someone you can trust and call when needed,” says Harken. “Otherwise, scrambling at the last minute means you might end up with someone with less experience than you need or who is more expensive than your budget allows.”

AIB recommends searching for a law firm that offers a free initial consultation. This gives you a chance to meet in a relaxed environment and see if the chemistry is right.

“Use the free consultation to ask questions about the lawyer’s experience and background,” recommends Harken. “Ask how the attorney’s fee structure works so you know what to expect when the need arises.”

Identifying firms that offer free initial consultations can be very time-consuming. To make it easier, AIB has set up at website at where you can search by specialty and geographical area, then review listings to see which law firms offer free consultations. The site is sponsored by AIB as a way to promote the attorneys for whom it provides services and to foster the Washington State Bar Association’s initiative to promote Equal Access to Justice.

AIB offers one last bit of advice. “Before you make an appointment for your free consultation, do your homework. Confirm the law firm is in good standing by going to the Washington State Bar Association’s website at If you have doubts about one firm, find another one.”




  1. My sister is currently going through a divorce. She is having some issues because her ex-husband isn’t cooperating, so she’s looking for legal help. I didn’t realize how important it is to choose a legal service that offers free consultations to ensure you have the best info available. I’ll be sure to share this info with my sister.

  2. Thanks for the tips for choosing a lawyer. I like that you mentioned to be sure to get a free consultation so you can ask a lot of questions and decide if the lawyer is a good fit. I have been trying to find a lawyer to help me with a property issue. I will keep this in mind while I search.

  3. Due to a recent situation, my family is in need of hiring a lawyer to help us with get through this situation. We have never been in this type of problem before, and we need help knowing how to choose the right one. I like how you pointed out that one thing we need to do is use the free consultation that most offices offer to ask different questions about the process and what to expect from it. This will really help with us choosing the right lawyer for us, and hopefully help with getting this situation resolved. Thanks for all of your help!

  4. Max says:

    My sister has been looking for a family attorney who could help her take care of her legal documents for her divorce. I’m glad that you talked about looking for a lawyer to help with legal documents the same way you would look for a doctor to treat an illness. I’m going to have to see what we can find in our area about different attorneys and who would be best to help with the legal documents she needs!

  5. Michael says:

    The logic in me says to use a Google search and skim through reviews when needing an attorney. Are there any other good resources to get reviews from?

  6. Thanks for the great tips for searching for an attorney. I agree that looking for one before you actually need them is a great idea. What type of lawyer are most people mostly likely to need in the future? Personal injury, traffic violation, family, or something else?

  7. Marcus Coons says:

    It really helped when you mentioned how you need to confirm the law firm you choose is in good standing before meeting with them. I can see that doing this can help you save your time and only speak with firms that can actually help you. Personally, I would want to make sure I take the time to read online reviews and choose an attorney who has experience with cases like mine.

  8. LNweaver says:

    I like that advice to research attornies before you need one. If you’re in an emergency, like an accident, you won’t want to spend time researching accident lawyers. If you are doing research, you can use the BBB to find customer reviews and business ratings.

  9. Lucy Gibson says:

    I like your point about trying to find a good attorney before you need one. This seems like it could be helpful and not feel pressured because of a circumstance. My brother might need an attorney who can help with his son and the school district he’s in. It seems like this would be a specific thing, so finding someone who specializes in it would be beneficial.

  10. Thank you for your information on finding legal services. I especially appreciate your advice in finding a law firm that offers a free consultation, as I would like to get to know them in person before hiring them. I will keep all of this in mind while choosing an attorney in the future.

  11. It was awesome how you quoted “The key to finding a great attorney is to start looking right now” from Grant Harken. That makes a lot of sense to search for an attorney before you need one so that when the time comes you already have one ready to help. My husband is looking to get a lawyer to help with some potential business stuff and I thought I could help. Thank you for the great information on choosing a lawyer.

  12. My family has recently run into a few legal problems and we have been needing a lawyer to help us out. I liked that you had mentioned it could be important to look at the process like you’re finding a doctor because you need someone you can trust and call when needed. I think I’ll have to start taking this very seriously and find a lawyer who I know will be there for me when I need them.

  13. Recently, my cousin has been searching for a medical malpractice attorney to help him with his case. In looking for one I think it would be really beneficial for him to keep in mind that a good lawyer will offer a free consultation. He can use this to also get to know the lawyer better.

  14. Gloria Durst says:

    I agree that you would want to check a lawyer’s experience before you choose them. It would make sense to find someone who is experienced and qualified in order to represent you. My brother is looking for a corporate lawyer, so he’ll have to check their experience in this kind of law first.

  15. I really like that you mentioned looking for an attorney before there’s actually a need for one. I’ve been thinking a lot about emergency preparation now that I have children and having a lawyer that I’m already familiar with and fond of when the need arises could be a huge help. Thanks for the tip, I’ll be sure to pass the information on to my wife and discuss looking around for an attorney.

  16. Jordan says:

    My brother has been looking for a government investigation law firm, and I think that being sure he gets a good attorney would be helpful. I’m glad you shared your tips about finding a firm that does a free consultation, as I think that would be really good for him. I’m going to have to see if we can find him a good law firm to go in for a consultation, and hopefully get him started on everything!

  17. Ashley Turns says:

    I like how you point out that you should find an attorney that you will be able to trust and know that you can call at the drop of a hat. My sister is in need of a lawyer to help her through her divorce and she is wondering what to look for. I will definitely be telling her that she should be looking for an attorney that she knows that she can trust fully.

    • aibincadmin says:

      That’s great advice – going through a divorce is painful enough as it is. An attorney you can trust to guide you and make suggestions you haven’t thought of is vital. Best wishes to your sister.