Thursday, 15 August 2019

How to Find a Good Divorce Lawyer & Questions To Ask Them Before Hiring One

How to Find a Good Divorce Lawyer & Questions To Ask Them Before Hiring One

Are you trying to figure out how to find a good divorce lawyer? And the what questions do you ask them to figure out if they are good or not? That is what I am going to talk about in this article.


Let get started

First of all, you have to find that person. So, how do you find that person? Obviously, we have this internet thing now that is helpful. So one of the first sites that I would recommend would be martindale.com or lawyer.com, what you will do, is you will go there and type in your area, you will type in, "divorce", 

Depending on your situation, you may want to look for a collaborative divorce lawyer. But use martindale.com as well, as another online resource, lawyer.com, you've got a lot of choices there. But what you will start to see is, in these specialized lawyer search services, you'll see the same attorneys coming up over and over again.

I would also add, go and do, like, a general internet search for a divorce attorney in your area. And then finally I would add, what are the word-of-mouth recommendations for the people who are in your network?

If you know someone that is gone through the divorce process, well, you might want to talk to them and see what they recommend as far as the people in your area that can help you.

Okay, you've found some possible attorneys. 

How do you vet these folks to see if they are going to be worth your time and be able to represent you well in your divorce? 

Ask For A Consultation.

If they're not willing to give you a free consultation, whether it be in person or over the phone, I would maybe relegate them to the back of the line.

When you meet with them, there are some questions that I recommend that you ask to make sure that you're dealing with somebody where divorces are their specialty and they're going to represent you in the right way.

Question 1. Do You Practice Family Law Exclusively?

And if not, what percentage of your total work is based on doing divorce and family law work? That way, you'll get an idea if this person's a pro at family law and divorce cases. 

Question 2. How Do You Get Paid? What's Your Retainer?

How much of a check am I going to stroke to you upfront? And the follow-up question to this is, Hey, if we don't use all of this retainer, is a portion refundable? If we go beyond my retainer, how am I billed? Is it hourly? Is it a flat fee?

Get the details of the billing. In that vein, ask them how much you think the entire divorce will cost based on what they know. Of course, they are not going to be able to give you a round number, but somewhere - like a ballpark, would be close enough.

If they are a good attorney, they'll have done enough of these cases to be able to say, hey, I think it's going to go this way. I think it's going to take this many hours. Plus or minus, it would cost this.

Again, this is an investment, So, don't necessarily run away from the highest-paid lawyer or run to the lowest cost lawyer as well.

Question 3. Are You Open To Mediation? Or Collaborative Divorce Process?

Collaborative divorce: which is easy for me to say, is a special process that they may or not be experienced with. So if this is something that could potentially apply to your situation, ask if they've got experience with that.

Mediation: I think, is a little bit more common. It could potentially save you a ton of time and money and heartache if you are able to work with your soon-to-be-ex through this process.  

Question 4. What Exactly Do You Think The Outcome Of My Case Will Be?

Ask them, hey, based on what you know, what do you think the outcome of this divorce is going to be? And what you're looking for is just someone who's going to level with you. This is going to be, at times, a trying process, so what you want is someone that is on your side that can just look you in the eye and tell you how things are going to be. Be honest with you.

Question 5. What Percentage of Your Cases Got To Court?

Ask them how many of their cases go to court, on a percentage basis. What you're looking for here is somebody who's going to be able to negotiate and work things on a positive basis rather than being combative. If you're going to court, you are looking at your legal expense going way up. 

Question 6. If Necessary, Are You Willing To Go To Court?

When it comes to visitation and child support and those kinds of things, again, you're talking about the rest of your life that you may be stuck with, like alimony payment. So, it is worth, maybe going to court over these things instead of just taking the first deal come along.

Question 7. Will An Associate Be Handling My Case? Can I meet Him/Her?

Are they going to be handling your case or are they going to have an associate work it for you? If they're going to working it personally, that is great. If they're going to have an associate help them to take point on the case, ask to meet that person, at least.

Question 8. How Often Will I Hear From You?

Be sure and ask them, if it's a potential attorney, hey, how frequently am I going to hear from you? One thing, these attorney are busy, and getting clear agreements around how frequently you're going to talk rather than just having expectations that may not get met is a good strategy. 

How Long Will It Take For You To Return My Calls/emails?

That communications process: Is the key to having this go right.



Those are my tips to find a good divorce lawyer And some questions to ask them.

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