How To Choose A Lawyer
Not all lawyers are alike. And just because a lawyer is good does not necessarily mean he or she is good for you. After all, you will be working closely with your lawyer to resolve your legal issue. It is very important that the lawyer you choose is a good match for your situation.
When selecting a lawyer, you should consider the following:
- Areas of practice. Does the lawyer have experience handling your type of legal problem? We handle only specified areas of the law and have been doing so for over 37 years. We are recognized as preeminent in the field of real estate law.
- Location. Does the lawyer have an office location in the area that is convenient for you? We are centrally located in Myrtle Beach, directly across 21st Avenue North from Broadway at the Beach.
- Cost. Does the lawyer charge fees that are reasonable for the type of work to be performed? As elaborated herein below, although the work we perform is very similar in quality with that performed by much larger firms, our fees are generally lower due to our lower overhead and our ability to set fees without management or partnership meetings.
- Reputation. Is the lawyer respected in the community, with local lenders and business organizations, and among other lawyers in the area? We have such a reputation, including Mr. DesChamps' AV peer review rating from other lawyers in the area.
- Good standing. Is the lawyer in good standing with the South Carolina Bar Association? Not only are all of our attorneys in good standing with the Bar, but none have had any record of any grievance or disciplinary proceeding ever filed against any of them, nor have any of them been the defendant in any malpractice proceeding or action. In fact, the firm is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers which includes only those select law practices that have earned the highest rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and have been designated by their colleagues as preeminent in their field.
Know the area of practice
It is nearly impossible for a lawyer to be well-versed in every area of the law. Before contacting a lawyer, make sure that he or she practices in the area of law you need. In other words, if you are trying to start a business, make sure you are not considering a lawyer who only practices personal injury and family law. It is important to find a lawyer who is experienced in dealing with your specific legal issue.
Know the costs
Lawyers determine their fees in a variety of ways. This often depends on the area of law in which they practice. We deal only with real estate and business litigation and transactions. A lawyer may charge an hourly fee for the time spent on your case or a fixed fee for performing a routine legal task. These may include incorporating a business, or handling a real estate transaction. In other matters, such as litigation, fees are based on our hourly rates.
Although the work we perform is very similar in quality with that performed by much larger firms, our fees are generally lower due to our lower overhead and our ability to set the fees without management or partnership meetings.
Know the reputation of your lawyer
The South Carolina Bar Association oversees all lawyers who practice in South Carolina. The Bar Association also disciplines lawyers who have engaged in misconduct. Before hiring a lawyer in the area, be sure that the lawyer is in good standing with the South Carolina Bar. A lawyer who is in good standing and is respected among judges and lawyers in the area will be more effective in pursuing your interests.
The lawyers of The DesChamps Law Firm are members in good standing of the South Carolina Bar. We have over 37 years of experience in commercial, business, civil, and real estate law and litigation and limit our practice to those areas of the law. We have been representing individuals and businesses in Horry and Georgetown Counties since 1979. We are conveniently located in the center of the business community in Myrtle Beach, directly across 21st Avenue North from Broadway at the Beach, and offer hourly rates for business and real estate orientated litigation and commercial services and flat fees for residential real estate matters.
We understand what you value and deliver what you need
When you need seasoned legal advice and trusted guidance with your real estate, civil litigation and corporate transactions, call DesChamps Law Firm at 843-448-2391 or 843-353-6120 or contact us online today. Please let us know that you contacted us as a result of this website.
Providing reliable legal representation to clients in Horry and Georgetown Counties for more than 35 years