When you are looking to hire a lawyer, there are many factors that you must consider. You should look at the reviews that a lawyer has. You should determine what their specialty is and if it matches well with your needs. Price is a main thing you should inquire about to ensure that you are not attempting to enlist someone out of your price range. One thing that people do not often consider, but should definitely look into, is the maturity of an attorney. In this context maturity is not simply referring to age, although age could play a role, but it is referring to the amount of time that the lawyer has been in practice, as well as the number of clients they have represented and cases they have taken to court.
Most people would agree that maturity is an important factor in choosing an attorney. One of the only counter arguments that could be made is that a great lawyer is a great lawyer no matter how long they have been working. Is this correct? Sure it is. Some people come out of law school and possess an x factor that makes them a fantastic lawyer regardless of the fact that they have very little experience. But most often, people get better and better over time. Thus it’s easy to see that lawyers gain maturity through experience and are then better fit to represent you in court. The phrase “practice makes perfect” exemplifies what is being talked about here, and it has been around as long as it has because it’s a very true and wise proverb.
There are a few serious things that could happen as a result of not hiring a mature attorney. Inexperienced lawyers could become nervous upon entering the court room and could not perform to the best of their abilities under pressure. For them it is their job and their opportunity to do what they are hired to do, but for you… it’s your life. If their inexperience leads to them performing poorly in the court room, it affects their job, but it affects your life, more importantly.
Another thing that could happen when hiring an immature attorney would be them failing to fully understand all the facets of the law. As anyone works within their chosen field, they learn more and more about the innerworkings and details of their job. If a lawyer is new to the job, they may not be fully comfortable with all the details of the law, and again this would affect your life negatively if it creeped into your case.
So instead of having to worry about the things that come with an immature lawyer, it is best to find an attorney that has taken their time to learn and grow within their field over time. This will give you the best possible chance of attaining your desired outcome.