As mention in the previous section, choosing a good lawyer is probably the most important decision you will make. There is often no charge for meeting and consulting with a lawyer, so get to know several of them before choosing. It is also imperative that you consider not only the lawyer, but also his/her staff. Legal assistants, law students, and administrative assistants all collaborate together to provide you legal advise, and can often times be the main contact to your lawyer. Make sure that they are cooperative and that you are able to communicate with them.
One of the best ways of choosing a lawyer is by word of mouth. Find out who neighboring residents are seeking for their own legal consultation, and tailor your decision around how experienced that lawyer is in handling cases like yours.
It is also important to remember that when seeking legal advise in Costa Rica, you are agreeing to take an active role in acquiring that advise. That is, your lawyer and his staff might shelf your case unless you motivate them to work on it. You should be prepared to call and ask questions and request your updated file and record of transactions.