Missouri Law Firms

Written by Sarah Provost
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There are Missouri law firms ready to help you with your legal problem no matter what the situation may be and no matter how much you can pay. If your problem involves a criminal case and you can't afford a private lawyer, the public defender's office will assign someone to your case. If it is a civil matter, you aren't entitled to a public defender, but Legal Aid will help you at little or no cost.

There are usually two preliminary factors involved in choosing a law firm. These are location and area of expertise. You need to find a lawyer close enough to you geographically that you can meet whenever needed. You also need to find a firm that has on staff lawyers who can give you the best possible representation for your particular problem.

If you are having a problem with your taxes, for instance, a personal injury lawyer won't be your best choice. While firms may employ attorneys that have a range of specializations, most firms concentrate on one aspect of litigation. A firm that handles mainly corporate law might have lawyers who specialize in bankruptcy or acquisitions, but they might not have, for instance, a lawyer who can effectively litigate a case involving medical malpractice.

Online Directories Can Help You Find an Appropriate Law Firm

The Missouri Bar Association maintains a list of all lawyers in good standing within the state, and another that lists all who are willing to take on new cases. The directory can be searched by location and by areas of expertise. With this information at hand, you can locate a lawyer who will meet both of your most basic needs. Rather than simply choosing a lawyer from a list, however, it pays to find a source that will carry more in-depth information about their background and verifications.


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