How to Choose a Family Lawyer
The right lawyer can make all the difference in both the result of your divorce and how you survive this very emotional process in your life. In short, you need a trusting relationship.
The following are tips that can be helpful as you pick an attorney you can trust, someone who will actually listen to you and sincerely work for the best result of your case:
Choose an attorney who will be easy for you to work with. Your lawyer will serve as your partner as your case progresses. You may have to reveal sensitive or embarrassing details about your life to your attorney – things you would never dream of telling anyone. You’ll be talking to your attorney often, and you’ll have to be able to give information as well as understand legal explanations of specific steps involved your case.
As you talk to your prospective attorney, take note of the following:While talking to your prospective attorney, remember the following:As you speak to your potential attorney, keep these in mind:
Do you connect well with the attorney? Regardless of how experienced a lawyer is, they will not be right for you if you do not get along.
Communication and Availability
Ask each attorney how you can get in touch with them, and how long it typically takes them to return your communication. Choose a lawyer who knows and understands a client’s need for regular updates regarding their case.
Working Around Your Budget
You should never choose a lawyer solely on money issues, but you have to talk about your costs anyway. This will let you make plans so you can achieve the results you’re looking for without bleeding your bank account dry.
Expertise and Experience
Luckily, a greater number of them are now limiting their practice to certain fields, such as family law. You would not go to an internist if you have cardiac health issues, would you?
The lawyer should be able to give you a very good picture of your costs. Ask if they will give you an option for a flat fee so you can have more control over your budget. Unless you can get this option, it will be impossible to tell just how much you’ll probably have to pay for legal representation.
Settlement or Litigation?
Family law cases are almost always settled out of court. Sometimes, they go to litigation. You should get a lawyer who can be equally comfortable in either scenario. Ask your lawyer what experience and training they had in the area of family law negotiations, mediation, and collaborative law. Lastly, find out if they are experienced in taking your case to court if attempts to settle are unsuccessful.