Recommendations, Reviews, Research & Consultation are the major factors
in selecting the right attorney for your
divorce. You may not have all four but a combination of these factors will help
you make the right choice.
Choosing your divorce attorney is an important step especially if your
matter will be
contested. Your attorney will get to know you quite well and you must have confidence
in the attorney. Making a mistake will cost you time and money. The hourly
rate and retainer of the attorney are certainly important, but the other
factors are more important because not getting it right the first time
will cost later on and there will be no savings.
If you have a family member, friend or other professional who can give
you a recommendation you will most likely be headed in the right direction.
It is always helpful to find out the name of the attorney from whom a
person that you trust felt that they received excellent representation.
You would not go to a doctor that does not get good results or is never
available to answer your questions and you will not be happy with an attorney
that does the same thing.
There are so many ways now to find out if the attorney you are considering
has good reviews whether from Google, Avvo or their own website. Read
the reviews to find out more about the attorney and how past clients feel
Check out the attorney's web page. Is the attorney a general practitioner
or does the lawyer concentrate only in matrimonial cases? For the same
hourly rate and retainer you can have an attorney who only does divorce
cases so why pick an attorney who is a jack of all trades. Many times
the general practitioner will not be as comfortable representing a client
in a contested case.
Finally schedule a consultation. Observe how you are greeted by staff,
look at the office to see if it looks clean and well organized, if there
are other clients there what is their demeanor. Ask the attorney questions.
Listen to see if the attorney is understanding your problems and how the
lawyer proposes to help you. Is the lawyer answering your questions? Find
out how much experience the lawyer has with cases of your type. Is the
attorney paying attention to you? Does the lawyer's desk look organized
or does it look like files were dumped upside down all over the desk?
Do you get that feeling that you are in the right place or are you hoping
that you can leave as soon as possible?
If you feel that the fit is right, it probably is. If everything checks
out, you are probably making a good decision. If you are unsure give the
decision more thought. You can always come back to retain the attorney
once you are certain.