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 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.
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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. 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 allows you to make plans so you can get the results you want without draining your bank account.
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 has to give you a very clear idea of how much your costs will be. 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 typically settle out of court. Sometimes, they actually go to court. You want a lawyer who will be equally comfortable in both 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.