If you are facing or contemplating a divorce, it is important to seek the legal advice of a divorce attorney. The lawyer will advise on the divorce laws of your state and help you in minimizing the lengthy court process and stress that is involved in court proceedings. Knowing when to retain a divorce attorney, makes the difference between an amicable break between you and your spouse and a potentially uphill battle.
Here are things must be taken into consideration when hiring a divorce lawyer.
It is essential that the divorce attorney that you consider hiring has great expertise in handling the divorce cases within your area. A divorce lawyer who is experienced knows what to expect from the judges on your case and will use this information to your advantage. In addition, the attorney should practice primarily in the field of family or divorce law.
Communication Ability with the Lawyer
One of the most common complaints about an unhappy client is that they were uncomfortable communicating with the attorney.
The best divorce attorney is one who is readily accessible and one who promptly responds to your phone calls, emails and your requests for meetings.
In addition to being satisfied with the level of communication, you must also feel that you have a connection with your attorney, assess whether they understand you and feel through their interaction with you that they truly are an advocate.
The best way to decide on the divorce lawyer to hire is by finding out what past clients have to say about that attorney. In cases where you know nobody who has been their client, you can ask the lawyer to offer you a list of past clients whom you can contact and gather what it was like working with that attorney. It is also good that you contact the State Bar Association to find out if there are any clients who have filed complaints about the lawyer.
The Fees Charged by the Attorney
During your first consultation, make sure that you have inquired about the consultation fee. There are attorneys who will charge a small amount for consultation, but the most experienced ones charge between $100-200 as consultation fees or their usual hourly rates.
Make sure that you find out the attorney’s hourly rates, their up-front retainer, and whether part of the retainer will be refunded if not used, and how often you can expect to receive invoices that show their hourly charges and expenses.
Another thin that you must consider is whether you are pleased with the attorney and whether you are confident in is abilities. Try finding out if the attorney has a genuine concern for in your case and whether they are willing to spend quality time advocating for your rights during the divorce.