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 other words, you want a trusting relationship.
Below are some tips to help you choose an attorney you can trust, someone who will listen to you needs and will commit to the best outcome 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 talk about delicate or embarrassing information to your attorney – things you would have never told anyone if it weren’t necessary. 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:
Does your personality blend well the attorney’s? Regardless of the reputation or experience of a lawyer, they can never be right for you if you hardly get along with each other.
Communication and Availability
Ask each attorney how you can get I touch with them and how long it usually takes for them to respond. 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
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. Check if there is an option for a fixed or flat fee so you can have more control when managing 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 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 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.