It’s not hard to find an English-speaking lawyer in Dalian. But English-speaking lawyers are not as many as Beijing and Shanghai. And most English-speaking lawyers who work in a chain-style law firm in Dalian are usually kept busy with international businesses or cases with a large amount of subject.
So as a medium or small size business or an individual, how could you find reliable lawyer in Dalian?
Here are some tips.
1 Determine your type of case
You could find an all-purpose law firm, but you can never find an all-purpose lawyer. Before you locate a lawyer, you shall know the basic type of your case. It is always preferable to locate a lawyer who has specialized expertise in the practice area that your case involves (e.g., employment law, business law, criminal law, family law etc.).
If someone claims that he/she is expert of each type of cases, just walk away as soon as possible. The pompous idiot will ruin your case if you entrust him/her.
2 Get recommendations from friends
Talk to friends about your case and ask those who used an attorney. Find out who they hired, for what type of service, if they were happy with the services, and why or why not. Ask if they would recommend the attorney. This method is especially useful for expats or small and medium sized business in China.
3 Search Engine and social media
If you are not in China, it may be hard to find local expats to inquire. You can google with the key words include lawyer plus city’s name. And many attorneys are also on social media such as Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook. Check these profiles as well. How an attorney conveys him or herself to the public may help you get a sense of how you would be able to work with him or her.
4 Search bar association’s website
There is a bar association in each city of China. You can easily find the information of a lawyer or any law firm. But since all licensed lawyers are listed there, you may feel like looking for a needle in a haystack. Actually, the best function for the bar associate’s website is to verify the identity of a lawyer.
5 Read the blogs or website of your potential lawyer
If it happens that the attorney has published some articles in his/her blog, or website, you may have opportunities to know his/her practice experience. In addition, look for background information on the attorney, such as his or her law school and areas of specialization.
6 Does the size of the firm matters?
Law firms can vary in size ranging from one attorney to many attorneys, so you need to choose a law firm that you think will be best suited to your case. Big corporations may want to hire a big-time firm to handle extremely complicated, often international, legal matters.
However, if you are simply looking for someone to help you with your unpaid sales of goods or to help you write a legal documents, just feel comfortable hiring an attorney from a smaller firm.
You may make a list of lawyers when you finished the above research, and we will discuss how to choose a lawyer.