If you are undergoing or considering a divorce, it is wise that you seek the legal advice of a divorce lawyer. A good divorce attorney can educate you on the divorce laws applicable in your state and help minimize the lengthy court process and emotional distress that is often associated with the divorce 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.
Below are some things that should be considered when hiring a divorce lawyer.
It is imperative that any divorce attorney that you consider hiring has sufficient experience in managing divorce cases in your area. An experienced divorce lawyer will know what to expect from the judges on your jurisdiction and should be able to use this knowledge to your advantage. In addition, the attorney should practice primarily in the field of family or divorce law.
Ability to Communicate With Attorney
When a client becomes unsatisfied with a divorce attorney; the most common complaint is that they could not talk properly with the lawyer.
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. If you don’ know anyone who has been a client of a particular divorce attorney, you should ask the attorney to provide you with a former client’s list that you can contact who can describe the experience with the lawyer. 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
On your initial meeting with the divorce attorney, it is important that you ask them about the consultation fee. Some lawyers charge a brief initial consultation for a fee, but the experienced lawyers will charge between one hundred and two hundred dollars as consultation fee or their normal hourly rate.
It is vital that you find out the hourly rates, the up-front retainer, and whether they refund part of the retainer if it is not used, and how often you will receive the invoices detailing their hourly charges and expenses.
Comfortable with the Lawyer
Before hiring an attorney, you should ask yourself if you are comfortable with him and whether you in support of his or her 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.