Rachel Downs is an associate of Sevila, Saunders, Huddleston & White, P.C. since 2005. Ms. Downs practices primarily in trusts & estates, estate/probate administration, guardianships/conservatorships, commercial transactions, and civil litigation. She has been named a 'Legal Elite' by Virginia Business and practices exclusively in Virginia state courts primarily in Loudoun, Fairfax, and Prince William counties and the city of Winchester.
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: