Civil Law, or municipal law, is involved with the relationships of contract and exchange between private parties – individuals, businesses or individuals and businesses. Civil law encompasses all law that is not criminal law and is divided into two branches: Contract Law and Tort Law. Civil law cases are litigated in civil courts as law suits and the end result is usually financial compensation.
Most people who need an attorney need a civil law attorney and can generally find them under the listing of the particular type of legal problem; e.g. taxes, bankruptcy, personal injury, etc. You can also find an attorney in our directory.
A lawyer who practices civil law in Maricopa County can help you in matters regarding:
- personal injury claims
- lawsuits against you
- auto and motorcycle accidents
- tax matters
- trusts and wills
- immigration issues
- landlord-tenant disputes
- business start-ups
- estate planning
- tax issues
- real estate issues
- product liability matters
- class action suits
- construction disputes
- intellectual property (copyrights, patents, trademarks, technology and Internet)
- and much more
How do you find the best civil attorney for you?
Finding a lawyer that is best for you takes time and patience. Don’t depend on a Google search alone. You can begin your search by:
Searching the Directory on this site. (See Directory Tab on Home Page)
An On-Line Search. For example you can check directory and choose several that seem good to you. You can Google the type of attorney you need such as a personal injury lawyer or attorney. (Search using both terms – sometimes you get different results). When you have found several you like, then you need to find out more.
Personal Referrals: You can talk to people in your community who have experienced the same problem you face — for example, if you are wanting to start up a business and need legal help, go to other new business and ask who they used for their legal matters. But don’t make your decision on their referral alone. You need to do your own “due diligence.”
Attorney Referral Service: Don’t accept their word for the qualifications of the attorney and his ability to be successful in your case. Do your own research regardless of how or where you find an attorney.
When you have gathered three or more names of attorneys that meet your qualifications then do a comparison:
1. Make a list of the questions you want answered, such as:
- How long have you practiced law?
- What is your specialty and do you have credentials in this area?
- Have you had experience with cases similar to mine?
- Do you have malpractice insurance?
- For references could you have a couple of your clients with cases similar to mine call me?
- Do you have a written agreement that I need to sign and can I have a copy to read beforehand?
- What is your fee? Do you determine it on a hourly basis, a flat fee, or a contingency fee?
- How do you figure increments of the hour?
- What else is included in my fee? Mailings, email, phone calls, overhead?
- Do you require a deposit? If so, what is the amount of the deposit?
- I I have paid you an advance fee and I terminate our relationship, do you refund any of that fee?
- Do you bill me? If so, how often?
- Will you personally handle my case or will you delegate it to someone else?
- How will we communicate about my case? Phone, email, mail?
- How often can I expect an update from you
2. Set up a consultation. Many attorneys will give you a 30 minute free consultation to see if you are a “fit” – do you feel comfortable with the attorney and do they feel that they can give you the help you need?
3. Check with the bar association to see if each attorney has a good record.
4 . Do your comparison:
- Compare first impressions: was he/she courteous, personable, forthright, able to communicate clearly.
- Did the attorney listen?
- Did the attorney ask appropriate questions
- Did the attorney show interest in you and your case?
- Did you feel that you could work with this attorney?
- How did their answers to your questions compare?
4 If you are not comfortable with any of the selections, repeat the process. The more important your case is to you, the more critical it is for you do do your “due diligence” when choosing an attorney.