Why You Should Always Hire a Local Lawyer
Summary: You have certain expectations when you hire representation, and to hire a local lawyer ensures that your counsel has resources in the region in which your case will unfold.
No one wants to be in the position of having to hire a lawyer, but these situations happen. When they do, you have some important decisions to make, and some of those will center on the proximity of your chosen attorney to where you live and the courts and offices relevant to your case.
Advantages of Hiring Local Representation
People in New Jersey have access to many excellent attorneys, but many of these law firms and offices may actually be out of town relative to you and/or the court that will hear your case. Hiring a professional who can provide you with local representation offers many advantages, which extend to:
- Convenience of access
- Having a finger on the pulse of the community
- Networking and resources
- Lower out-of-pocket expenses
- Familiarity with written and unwritten rules
You want to hire an attorney with an excellent reputation. The internet certainly helps, but the task is simpler when you have access to the people and groups who interact with the lawyer regularly. More importantly, when you choose a lawyer who’s earned an impeccable reputation, that standing will generally have much more value to you in the area in which it was earned.
Network and Resources
Something else to consider is the network and other resources that your attorney has at his or her disposal. A lawyer with an office in your county has certainly dealt with the local courts before. He or she knows judges, prosecutors and a range of other professionals who can try and make the process easier. Often, a well-placed contact can make the difference between a streamlined and challenging process, and sometimes, just a friendly face is enough to ease tensions and other pressures that would otherwise be present.
A Finger on the Pulse
A local lawyer is likely to have his or her finger on the pulse of the community. What is the political and social climate right now, and how does that affect your case? A high-profile local DUI case, for instance, may be drawing additional attention to drunk driving and thus closing off certain avenues but opening others.
Familiarity With Written and Unwritten Rules
Likewise, your lawyer will know the laws, statutes, regulations and so forth that apply to your case and not just at the federal and state levels but in the county, city and so on. Those are the written rules. There are also the unwritten rules. Expected decorum can vary from one courthouse to the next just as it varies in communities across the country. Having an attorney who appreciates these nuances can benefit you greatly particularly in terms of the time and costs required to reach your goals.
Technologies like text messaging, email and Skype have made access to other people easier. There’s something to be said, though, for the in-person relationship you develop with the lawyer representing you, and that access is much more convenient if the attorney works in the same area where you reside.
It goes beyond mere convenience and extends to the total cost of your legal representation. If you have to travel, that means you’ll need to consider fuel, wear and tear on your car, your time and perhaps food and accommodations. If your attorney has to travel, you may need to reimburse him or her for travel time or costs, or you may be billed for additional hours as necessary, depending on your agreement.
Contact Denis Driscoll Today
Denis Driscoll is not just a local attorney but a trial lawyer who has represented clients charged with DWIs as well as those who have been injured due to negligence. Mr. Driscoll has served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx and currently serves as the Municipal Prosecutor in Morris County. If you’re in need of legal assistance in New Jersey, we welcome the opportunity to evaluate your case. Contact our law office today.