Joel T. Sawyer, native Texan; admitted to bar, 1987, Texas. Preparatory education: Texas A & M University (B.S., cum laude, 1984); legal education, Baylor University (J.D., 1987); New York University (LL.M., 1988). Board Certified, Estate Planning and Probate Law and Taxation Law; Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1994. Fraternity: Delta Theta Phi. Member: State Bar of Texas; American Bar Association; Tarrant County Bar Association; Tarrant County Probate Bar Association; Tarrant County Estate Planning Bar Association; Fort Worth Business and Estate Counsel; Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation.
Consider the following:
Comfort Level - Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information? Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?
Credentials - How long has the lawyer been in practice? Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
Cost - How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee? Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?
City - Is the lawyer's office conveniently located?
Here are a few to get you started:
It is always a good idea to research your lawyer prior to hiring. Every state has a disciplinary organization that monitors attorneys, their licenses, and consumer complaints. By researching lawyer discipline you can: