Finding 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:
Look for an attorney whom you can work with. Your lawyer is going to be your partner all throughout the case. You may need to discuss sensitive or embarrassing information to your attorney – things you would never want to tell anyone unless absolutely necessary. You’ll be talking to your attorney rather frequently, and you should be able to provide information as well as understand explanations regarding the particular steps that will be taken for your case.
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Do you connect well with the attorney? No matter how good a lawyer is, he’ll never be good enough for you if you do are not comfortable with each other.
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 Within Your Budget
You should never choose a lawyer solely on money issues, but you have to talk about your costs anyway. This allows you to make plans so you can get the results you want without draining your bank account.
Experience and Expertise
It used to be that lawyers would accept all kinds of cases, from adoptions to traffic. 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 are given such an option, you will have no way of knowing how much you’ll have to pay.
Settlement or Litigation?
Family law cases typically settle out of court. Sometimes, they reach litigation. You have to get a lawyer who is equally comfortable in these two scenarios. Ask your prospect regarding their training and experience in the field of family mediation, negotiations and collaborative law. Lastly, find out if they are experienced in taking your case to court if attempts to settle are unsuccessful.