If you are undergoing or considering a divorce, it is wise that you seek the legal advice of a divorce lawyer. A good divorce attorney can educate you on the divorce laws applicable in your state and help minimize the lengthy court process and emotional distress that is often associated with the divorce proceedings. Knowing when to contact a divorce lawyer can make the difference between an amicable divorce and a potentially uphill battle.
Here are things must be taken into consideration when hiring a divorce lawyer.
It is imperative that any divorce attorney that you consider hiring has sufficient experience in managing divorce cases in your area. An experienced divorce lawyer will know what to expect from the judges on your jurisdiction and should be able to use this knowledge to your advantage. In addition, the attorney should practice primarily in the field of family or divorce law.
Communication Ability with the Lawyer
One of the most common complaints about an unhappy client is that they were uncomfortable communicating with the attorney.
It imperative that your attorney is always accessible and is quick to respond to your calls, emails, and requests for a meeting.
Not only should you feel satisfied with the level of interaction but also with the connection you have with the attorney, whether you feel understood and whether through their communication they present themselves as being true advocates.
The best way to find out if a divorce attorney is the best is by hearing what other former clients have to say about the attorney. If you don’ know anyone who has been a client of a particular divorce attorney, you should ask the attorney to provide you with a former client’s list that you can contact who can describe the experience with the lawyer. It is also good that you contact the State Bar Association to find out if there are any clients who have filed complaints about the lawyer.
The Cost of Hiring the Lawyer
When you make your first appointment with the divorce lawyer, you should inquire about the consultation fee. Some lawyers charge a brief initial consultation for a fee, but the experienced lawyers will charge between one hundred and two hundred dollars as consultation fee or their normal hourly rate.
Make sure that you find out what the lawyer’s hourly charges are, their up-front retainer and whether they will refund part of the retainer if it is not used and how often you can expect to receive invoices that show their charges and expenses.
Before hiring an attorney, you should ask yourself if you are comfortable with him and whether you in support of his or her abilities. Try finding out if the attorney has a genuine concern for in your case and whether they are willing to spend quality time advocating for your rights during the divorce.