There are many tough decisions that must be made when you file for divorce, but choosing your lawyer is one of the most important. Having an experienced divorce attorney can make all the difference in how smoothly your case goes, as well as the outcome of it.
Below are a few guidelines to follow when choosing your family law attorney:
- Shop around. Don’t think you have to hire the first attorney you interview. Ask friends and family for recommendations. Look at professional websites (such as the website for your state’s bar association) to locate local lawyers that are listed as handling family law matters. There are other websites that provide peer reviews and other professional referrals.
- Perform your own research. The Internet provides you a helpful tool for finding information about divorce attorneys. In fact, sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and even a Google search can provide you a wealth of information. You may even be able to find information regarding cases the lawyer has handled. At a minimum, you will get an idea of the lawyer’s reputation and experience in handling matters similar to yours.
- Once you have your “short list,” schedule interviews with your top prospects. Even if you cannot meet the attorney in person, request a conference call. It is important to make a list of your questions and see how well the lawyer answers them. It is also a good time to find out how much the law firm will charge to handle your case.
- Follow your gut instinct. If the attorney makes promises regarding the outcome of your case, you should proceed with caution. You want a lawyer that is honest, not doing whatever it takes to get your business. You also want a lawyer that is focused on helping you and provides you his or her full attention. Choose the attorney that you feel comfortable with in guiding you through this difficult time.
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