Karl H. Kline is an attorney in the Firm’s Estate Planning & Administration of Estates & Trusts Group. Mr. Kline’s practice includes estate planning and administration, wills, trusts and powers of attorney, residential and commercial real estate law, corporate and business law, municipal law and civil litigation. He has been a frequent lecturer for programs by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Pennsylvania Planning Association and Northampton County Bar Association, as well as a former Adjunct Professor at both Lafayette College and Northampton County Area Community College. Mr. Kline also served as the Township Solicitor of Forks Township for 28 years.
How do I choose a lawyer?
Consider the following:
- Comfort Level
- - Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information? Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?
- - How long has the lawyer been in practice? Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
- - How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee? Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?
- - Is the lawyer's office conveniently located?
Not sure what questions to ask a lawyer?
Here are a few to get you started:
- How long have you been in practice?
- How many cases like mine have you handled?
- How often do you settle cases out of court?
- What are your fees and costs?
- What are the next steps?
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- Ensure the attorney is currently licensed to practice in your state
- Gain an understanding of his or her historical disciplinary record, if any.
- Determine the seriousness of complaints/issues which could range from late bar fees to more serious issues requiring disciplinary action.