When you need someone to represent you in court, you are usually in a panic, ready to grab for the first lawyer that you find in the yellow pages. While there are many good attorneys out there, there are also just as many lemons. This article will explain five things you should know before you hire an attorney.

Your business will depend on sound financial management. The biggest mistake that most start up businesses do is not to keep good records. You can invest in a program like Quicken to help you keep records or even just keep records with Excel charts. However you do this keep printable record so that you know exactly where and when money has been spent. It is useful to keep records for Tax purposes so there are no surprises when it is time to pay taxes.

The woman heard about me and came to me despite having had a bad experience, because she was in need of help. We were able to finish up the divorce and property division, which had been started 9-10 years prior and we began enforcement of the support award by attaching social security and retirement income due her husband.

Step Two: Time to get organized. This means gather your checkbook, your monthly bills, pay stubs, bank statements and any other records of expenses or income you may have. Put them in piles according to income, assets (like savings, investments), and expenses.

You also want a creative lawyer. Being creative means thinking outside the box and going beyond the norms to produce amazing, unexpected results. A creative cashflow is full of ideas (conventional or not). You will never reach a dead end with a creative lawyer. At least you’ll know that your lawyer will be able to defend your case whatever the circumstance.

Referral Services. There are a number of referral services in Texas. The State Bar of Texas provides a list of referral services around the state. Referral services require lawyers to register and generally require lawyer members to carry malpractice insurance. In the Austin and central Texas area, contact the Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas. Referral services often also set a limit on the fee charged for an initial consultation. The Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas requires its member lawyers to provide a 30 minute consultation for $20.

Because, let’s face it: college is just as much about having fun and exploring new freedoms and boundaries as it is about getting an education. You imagine you will be partying, ordering pizza every night, and making new friends. While all of this sounds incredibly fun, you also need to think about how much it costs.

Comfortable? Go with your gut on this. If there’s something about the lawyer that’s rubbing you the wrong way then move on to the next lawyer on your list. Remember you’ll be dealing with this person during a stressful time and if you don’t like them it isn’t going to help matters when the stress starts to build.