How to Pick a Good Family Lawyer
The right lawyer can spell all the difference, not just in the result of your divorce and but also in the way you cope with this emotionally charged phase of 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:
Look for an attorney whom you can work with. Your lawyer is going to be your partner all throughout the case. 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 have to talk to your attorney every now and then, giving information and listening to explanations about the specific steps that will bring you closer to your goals.
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. Find a lawyer who understands that a client needs to be regularly updated about their case.
Working Around Your Budget
You must never pick a lawyer on money issues alone, but you need to talk about money anyway. This will let you make plans so you can achieve the results you’re looking for without bleeding your bank account dry.
Experience and Expertise
Fortunately, more and more of them are focusing their practice on specific fields, including family law. You would not see a pulmonologist if your health problems are cardiac in nature, would you?
The lawyer has to give you a very clear idea of how much your costs will be. 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 such an option, there will be no way of saying how much legal representation is going to cost you.
Settlement or Litigation?
Family law cases typically settle out of court. Sometimes, they reach litigation. You want a lawyer who will be equally comfortable in both scenarios. Ask your prospect about their training and experience in family law negotiations, mediation, and collaborative law. Finally, find out whether they have experience in handling your case in court in the event that attempts at settlement fail.