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A Step by Step Guide to Choosing a Divorce Lawyer
The process involved in choosing a divorce attorney is pretty much the same as that involved in choosing a lawyer for any other case. Ideally, you need to do your due diligence to ensure you get the best possible candidate for your divorce case. No doubt divorce proceedings are a tough call for all parties involved, worst being the pets and any kids you may have. You want to find a divorce lawyer that will take all the burden off your shoulders so you can have enough peace of mind to reassure the kids that all will be well in the long run. The following is a basic illustration of how the process of finding a good divorce lawyer should go.
Step one is to define all your needs by writing them on a list. How about you start by defining the role you expect the attorney to play? No doubt a good number of reputable lawyers will do all that is within their powers to ensure your case ends up successfully as you wish. Even so, it is always advisable to work with a lawyer that is interested in developing a cordial relationship with you the client. This is where you get to state whether or not you wish to be consulted along the process of you trust the attorney to make all the decisions on your behalf. It is also at this juncture you get to define whatever interests you have at the case. This could be maintaining a relationship with your kids if you have any, or probably protecting your financial interests.
The second step would be to narrow down your list to a few lawyers whom you can schedule an interview with. You can always confirm the credibility of a candidate on your list by checking through the American Bar Association. The next step would be to have a meeting with the divorce attorney to establish whether or not they are the best fit for your needs.
Chances are high your initial meeting with the lawyer will be at their divorce law firm offices, so ensure you go armed to get the most out of the time. Are you familiar with the court judges at the family court, do you have a backlog of cases and can you act as a mediator? This is where you also get to establish how much they charge as the retainer fee and hourly fee.