Paul M. Cooke is a partner in the law firm of Simon, Fitzgerald, Cooke, Reed & Welch. Mr. Cooke graduated from Centenary College in 1968 in Business and received his Juris Doctor degree from the Louisiana State University Law School in Baton Rouge in 1972. Mr. Cooke is a member of the Shreveport Bar Association and the Louisiana State Bar Association. His practice is primarily in the area of Consumer Bankruptcy.
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: