What Should I Ask My Divorce Lawyer?
Understandably, you will have many questions before you hire a divorce attorney. An attorney-client relationship is built upon many of the same elements as any other relationship. You will know right from the get-go how you feel about the other person and if they are the right fit for you and your situation.
Sometimes, you will have very little basis when you first meet with an attorney, so your instincts will be the one more than likely to guide you. However, there are some questions you might consider asking to determine the lawyer’s style and whether or not they share your vision.
Top Factors to Consider When Choosing a Divorce Attorney
1.What pricing structure do you offer?
Lawyers should be up-front about their legal fees. Divorce attorneys cannot charge contingency fees. Most attorneys will charge a retainer that must be maintained during the pendency of your case, but, some attorneys will charge a flat fee or an hourly rate depending on the needs of your case. Some attorneys have non-refundable retainers so it’s important to inquire about that. Be wary of inexperienced or less reputable attorneys. They may be secretive about their costs or are hesitant to provide answers about the costs.
2.Does the attorney know your spouse?
Because divorces are often intensely emotional, you might think that having an attorney who harbors extreme hostility towards your spouse or who has a reputation for being aggressive and hostile in court to be an asset. This is not necessarily the case. While your attorney is your advocate, you want that person to remain impartial throughout the entire process and to not take actions so extreme that it alienates those involved in the case including the Judge. Alternatively, you should not retain an attorney who knows your spouse.
3.Your attorney should be focused solely on divorce and family law.
While it is not uncommon for many law firms and the lawyers of that firm to practice several different areas. However, an attorney whose sole practice is in divorce and family law has spent a significant amount of time becoming seasoned specifically at handling divorce cases. They can expertly take charge and anticipate any hiccups along the way. More in one area also equates to more time honing skill in this field.
4.Your attorney should not only offer words of wisdom but reassurance.
Sometimes we look to our divorce & family law attorneys for reassurance and validation. While you should be realistic about what you expect to happen in your case, your lawyer can, at least, inform you about the laws and help steer your case in the right direction. If you do not feel confident with your attorney or they fail to instill it within you, then that is a sign that might tell you he or she is not the right fit.
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