It’s never easy going through a divorce. For many people, the biggest hurdle is choosing an attorney. This is not a task to take on lightly. Picking the wrong lawyer could mean losing out on property, parental rights, or much more. Consider several key areas when selecting a divorce lawyer.
Divorces are not cheap. Ideally a potential lawyer will explain fees and billing during the first consultation. It is common for lawyers to take a lump sum payment upfront. Others bill monthly for services rendered. There should be no hidden costs with billing and fees. Ask questions if you need clarification on any part of the payment process. A good lawyer will not leave you in the dark. Additional resources are available at the Matrimonial Home or Levitt LLP website.
2. Success Rate
You wouldn’t want an inexperienced chef catering a four course dinner party you are hosting. The same principle applies to a mediator working on your divorce. Your attorney should have previous experience and a proven track record of success. Feel free to ask your lawyer about other matrimonial cases, outcomes, or even client references. In many offices this information is already available to attract new clients. Consider it a red flag if they won’t share success stories.
Sometimes we all take on more tasks than we can handle at work. You do not want that same characteristic in a divorce lawyer. Make sure they are genuinely concerned about your case and able to handle a new project. Again, you can ask your potential lawyer about accessibility. You don’t want to speak with your lawyer only once and discover an associate is really the person handling the case. Also, your divorce lawyer should be open to calls and providing periodic updates. You, as the client, must always be kept in the loop.
Who doesn’t want a good lawyer? However, it is also important that you actually like the person. Otherwise you might get stuck with someone too aggressive who doesn’t bother to ask for or accept your input. A good lawyer should be able to keep you at ease as the client but also apply the right pressure needed for the opposing counsel. Compatibility is a major part of being confident in your attorney’s ability to get the outcomes you desire for your divorce. Friendship is not the goal but comfort is important.
Keeping these key areas in mind will help you retain the right divorce lawyer. Don’t just settle for the first person you see on TV. That might not be the right attorney to represent your interests. Remember, you are paying for a service and want to get the best quality for your money.