How to Choose a Divorce Lawyer
With a lot of changes in the family law like adoption of support guidelines, adoption of equitable distribution in place of the old common law rules and adoption of laws protecting military spouses promulgated within various circuits, the separation and divorce has become much complicated. It has left this field to be handled only by qualified individuals. It is much better to have the right attorney, the one who will get it right the first time, than to pay another experienced to fix problems stemming from errors made in the first place. This is because the problems are very costly to fix. Here are few suggestions on how to go about finding a good divorce lawyer.
Ask A Lawyer.
If you know any lawyer, ask him or her to give you a referral to a good divorce lawyer. He or she probably knows one or several who devote a significant portion of the practice of law to divorce.
Though its not a good source because of scams adverts, you can take your time to go about the web and get the list of the lawyers you find. Some have their websites and they have all the information and their profiles there. Some will also add the last cases they have had on the website with the permission of their clients. But be sure to choose wisely because some are just fraudsters. Remember the old saying, “a jack of all trades and master of none.” Now that you have the list of the chosen lawyers you may organize for a meeting with them.
Use a Checklist.
Below are outline factors to consider when selecting a divorce lawyer
Experience. The longer the lawyer has been practicing a particular area of the law, the more he or she knows.
Experience Trying Cases. Has the lawyer achieved any trial success for his or her client before? Can the lawyer point to client’s testimonial or case results reflecting his or her abilities?
Is the Lawyer Willing to Settle When Appropriate to do so? Some lawyer like the thrill of trying cases but fail to consider some other options such as arbitration to achieve a resolution or mediation. Good divorce attorneys don’t adopt such approach, but see trial as a last resort, when other options have failed so solve the issue.
Respect in the Legal Family. What are other lawyers saying about this lawyer? Has he or she taught other lawyers? Do they think or speak highly of him or her?
Does the lawyer limit the number of the cases he or she undertakes? Most lawyers don’t take every case. Lawyers limit the number of cases they undertake to handle a given point in time so that they can focus on doing the best job for the clients they have.