Hiring A Good Family Lawyer It can be hard work to hire a good divorce lawyer; however, it's both important and worth taking as much time as you need to to do everything right. The first thing you need to ask yourself is exactly what it is that you wish to accomplish, whether it involves mediation or an uncontested divorce. When you know exactly what kind of legal services that you need, you'll be able to shop for just the right lawyer and their services in a more efficient manner. If you haven't already prepared a list of prospective lawyers, your favorite search engine would be an excellent place to begin. You will be able to find websites to reliable local lawyers, who can provide you with a list of lawyers that can be accessed from the site's search box, which you can find anywhere on their website. Once you have composed your list, use the following guidelines to perform some basic screening to help narrow down your choices: • Look at a lawyer's biographical information, including information about the law firm and the attorney. Furthermore, see if they list what particular expertise they have in the area of family law that you may need, as well as any other information that may be useful to you. • Use your favorite search engine to find more information regarding the particular lawyer and their firm. • Talk to other people to see if they have heard of the lawyer and, if so, what they think of them. • Browse the internet to see if the lawyer is in good standing. • Check your local yellow pages to see if the lawyer advertises there. • Look in your local newspaper archives to see if there is any news about the lawyer, such as cases they may have handled. • If you speak a language other than English, see if the lawyer can accommodate your needs. The first phone call is what will begin your initial analysis of any prospective family lawyer. It's difficult to reach a lawyer who practices in a courtroom the first time around, meaning you will typically spend a good deal of time with someone else on the phone initially when you call. Try to make a note of whether or not this person seems pleasant, well-informed about your issues that you're facing, and if they can deliver results. It's also important to determine whether or not you can quickly schedule an appointment. If not, chances are it may be even harder to do so once your case gets underway. Even if a particular family lawyer can't meet with you on short notice, this doesn't mean you should cross them off of your list. This may mean that they're extremely busy and may not be able to spend as much time with you as they'd like to. Furthermore, you should also plan to anticipate that the lawyer you hire will likely put a lot of responsibility on their staff, so you should take into consideration how their employees treat you as well, which should be as courteously as possible. Here are some other considerations that you should make a note of: • The lawyer you hire should have at least a few years of experience. • They should be affiliated with an association that will be able to cater to any and all of your needs. • The lawyer you want to hire should have a local office, if possible.
• Always ask for references before you hire anyone, as they will be able to comment on how trustworthy a particular lawyer can be. • See if a lawyer has any particular conflicts of interest that may potentially interfere with your case. • Request brochures and promotional materials that you can cross-check against other references and sources. • Request a copy of the retainer agreement and ask the lawyer to explain it to you in detail before you decide whether or not to hire them. All in all, it's important to be extremely comfortable with the family lawyer that you want to hire to handle your case. Hiring the best one you feel will do the best job for you is ultimately the right thing to do in the long run.