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What to Ask a Divorce Lawyer Before Hiring?
Getting a divorce is challenging and stressful. It’s saying goodbye to experience and partnership that you thought would last forever. Before you hire your divorce attorney, it’s important to remember that this person is going to be representing you during this difficult time. You want to hire someone that you feel comfortable and confident to support you legally. Interviewing potential divorce lawyers before making your choice is a wise decision. So what to ask a divorce lawyer before hiring?
Ask About Case Load and Specialization
There are many different kinds of divorce lawyers. Some specialize specifically in divorce law and others work on several different kinds of cases. If you are filing for a divorce, you want a lawyer who is knowledgeable about your area of law and you will have the best results with someone who specializes in divorce law.
We also recommend that you ask about that person’s caseload. This can be telling. If your potential divorce lawyer has too many cases, they won’t be able to give you the attention that you need throughout this process. Ask the lawyer how they handle phone calls and how available they are when you have new things to discuss? Will you be working with junior attorneys or will you be able to work directly with your attorney?
Ask About The Divorce Lawyer’s Strategy For Your Case
Every divorce lawyer has a thorough understanding of divorce law so they have an idea of basic strategies from day one. Your divorce lawyer should be able to give you a basic strategy for your case based on the knowledge that you present to them. Ask them what they think is the best strategy for your case. Ask them how long you expect the proceedings to take and what cases they have had that appear to be similar.
Ask About Education and Experience
Ask your divorce lawyer about their education and experience. Check that the law school that they attended is accredited and that they are registered with the state that you reside in to legally practice law. Then, ask about their experience. You want to make sure that you hire a lawyer who is well versed in practicing divorce law.
Ask About Cost
Divorce lawyers charge differently. You need to know if you will be paid hourly, if there will be a retainer if you will be charged for the time you spend with other lawyers in the firm or paralegals, and if they will take a percentage or fixed amount at the end of the proceedings. Divorces are not cheap and divorce lawyers are not cheap, but you may be able to save some funds by speaking with several lawyers. Make sure that you hire someone who can do the job, but remember that you also must foot the bill.
Interested in learning more? Contact us. We would be honored to represent you in the court of family law as you file your divorce.