How to Find the Right Divorce Lawyer For You
Finding the right divorce lawyer for your divorce is more than just blindly pointing your finger at the first family law notice you see in the yellow pages. If you have a lot to lose, common sense tells you that you need to choose a divorce lawyer who has the experience and a reputation for solving complex cases involving assets, property, custody, etc.
Selecting a divorce lawyer to handle your case can be one of the most important decisions when considering a divorce. The stress that divorce battles bring to parents can be truly remarkable. Your divorce lawyer will increase your frustration or ease the pain. Here are some tips to keep in mind when looking for a divorce lawyer.
Fees: Lawyers charge a lot, right? Yes, they go to a very long and difficult school, which in the end is worth a lot. Many people try to hire divorce lawyers who charge less for their services. Conversely, some people with considerable income would hire expensive or well-known attorneys. The assumption here is that high-priced attorneys can do a better job of representing your case. This claim has never been verified. For example, an expensive attorney may have few wins in court, while a somewhat new divorce lawyer may have an excellent record of victories. Therefore, during your initial consultation with your potential divorce lawyer, you should have an open and honest discussion about the fees and what to expect. But, fees do not need to be the determining factor in the final decision of who would represent your case.
Experience and Expertise: Experience is a very important factor in choosing your divorce lawyer. Additionally, that attorney must primarily practice in the field of divorce law. In some cases, people will hire an attorney who practices outside of this field, thinking that any attorney will. An experienced divorce lawyer will know the trends of different judges in your jurisdiction and can use this knowledge to your advantage.
Testimonials: One of the best ways to determine which divorce lawyer would be good for your divorce is to learn what former clients have to say about a particular attorney. Don't be afraid to ask around. If you don't know anyone who has been a client of that particular divorce lawyer, on your initial appointment feel free to ask your prospective attorney for a list of past clients. While client confidentiality is very important, any "good" and experienced divorce lawyer would be hiding nothing and would have at least a few satisfied former clients who would be willing to answer for him or her.
Accessibility And The "Nice" Element: Your divorce lawyer should be easily accessible and quick to respond to your phone calls, emails, and requests. Or you will get nothing but frustration. While you would like to request the attorney's office policy, be sure to ask the attorney's past clients if that particular attorney was responsible enough to maintain an easy communication system. And last but not least, does that particular divorce lawyer like you personally? Are you comfortable talking to that attorney and confident in your abilities? If the answer is not a definite "yes", you should keep looking. Your case is too important to trust to someone who does not inspire your trust. If you don't like that particular lawyer for some reason and you don't feel comfortable talking to him or her, there may be other people (such as the judges) who may not like that person for the same reason as you, which can make you lose the case.
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