It is advisable that anyone who is facing or thinking about a divorce to ask for legal advice from a divorce attorney. The lawyer will advise on the divorce laws of your state and help you in minimizing the lengthy court process and stress that is involved in court proceedings. Knowing when to retain a divorce attorney, makes the difference between an amicable break between you and your spouse and a potentially uphill battle.
Here are things must be taken into consideration when hiring a divorce lawyer.
The Attorney’s Experience
It is imperative that any divorce attorney that you consider hiring has sufficient experience in managing divorce cases in your area. A divorce lawyer who is experienced knows what to expect from the judges on your case and will use this information to your advantage. It is also important that the lawyer practices primarily family or divorce law.
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.
In addition to being satisfied with the level of communication, you must also feel that you have a connection with your attorney, assess whether they understand you and feel through their interaction with you that they truly are an advocate.
You can make a decision on the attorney to hire by finding out what their past clients have to say about them. In cases where you know nobody who has been their client, you can ask the lawyer to offer you a list of past clients whom you can contact and gather what it was like working with that attorney. It is equally a good idea to call the States Bar Association and ask if there are any complaints filed against your attorney.
The Cost of Hiring the Lawyer
During your first consultation, make sure that you have inquired about the consultation fee. There are attorneys who will charge a small amount for consultation, but the most experienced ones charge between $100-200 as consultation fees or their usual hourly rates.
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.
Being Comfortable with the Lawyer
Another thin that you must consider is whether you are pleased with the attorney and whether you are confident in is abilities. Find out whether the lawyer is genuinely interested in your case and is willing to spend the required time to advocate for you during the divorce.