Hiring an attorney is often an investment, and when family law matters are on the line, you also want to feel confident that you have full faith in your lawyer’s ability to represent you and advocate on your behalf. Because the stakes are so high when hiring an attorney, it is important that you take the process seriously and that you perform a little due diligence of your own before signing on with a particular lawyer.
Additionally, you may want to consider taking the following steps to improve your chances of finding the right family lawyer.
Hiring a lawyer is not unlike buying a home or a car in that you probably do not want to immediately opt for the first one you check out. Consider identifying three or more possible attorneys to represent you, and then perform some additional research to find out more about their degree of experience within your jurisdiction and your particular area of need. You may also want to seek out recommendations from friends or check out trusted online review sites for additional insight.
Recognize red flags
If you are having a hard time narrowing down your list of potential family law or divorce attorneys, one way you may be able to speed up the process is to look for red flags when meeting with each prospective lawyer. For example, does this person return your calls or emails in a timely manner? Does he or she refrain from answering other calls or responding to other emails when he or she has you in the office? Is this person discussing personal matters relating to other clients he or she represents? If so, consider taking your business elsewhere.
Finding your best fit as far as a family law attorney is not always a quick affair, but by taking the time to carefully consider each potential lawyer, you can improve your chances of a successful attorney-client relationship.