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Pros and Cons: Full Service Lawyer or Specialty Lawyer?

This article is from Kara Masterson, a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing about business and law, and spending time with her dog Max.

When choosing a lawyer, you will make a huge life-changing event. For this reason, it is smart of you to choose wisely and look for one who will get you the desired results. With that being said, you can get a full service lawyer or a specialized lawyer. Here are the pros and cons of each.

Full service

Pros: With a full service lawyer, you can walk into the office and ask any questions. Then, when you go to court, you will not need to worry about the experience of the attorney. A good legal professional should know plenty of other people in the field. When he or she does, it is possible to make headwind during a trial. For this reason, it is wise to choose a full service lawyer.

Cons: Certain situations make more sense with a specialized lawyer. When you are going through a big divorce, you will probably want a qualified divorce attorney on your side. Otherwise, you will not feel at ease when you need to talk to your ex-spouse’s lawyer.

Most full service lawyers became that way out of necessity. When making errors, many opt to leave their specialty and jump on to something else. Check your full service lawyers history, if possible.


Pros: As mentioned, if you need a serious attorney who has a proven track record in a certain area, you will do well with a specialized lawyer. Furthermore, a specialized lawyer will know the system inside and out. Many full service lawyers will feel at odds when in certain courtrooms. An experienced specialty attorney will know the particular process.

Cons: At the same time, some specialty attorneys have a hard time in the system because their contacts may not reach as far. Depending on your case, your lawyer may need to consult others. This is a time-consuming process. Sometimes a lawyer will not have the knowledge and will have to talk to his or her colleagues.

Different circumstances have different requirements. When you want to hire a lawyer, you should consider the pros and cons of a specialist versus a full service attorney.

Information credit to Gittens & Associates, Lawyers in St. John, Newfoundland

Bob Kraft

I am a Dallas, Texas lawyer who has had the privilege of helping thousands of clients since 1971 in the areas of Personal Injury law and Social Security Disability.

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