How to Choose a Family Lawyer
No matter what your family law issue is – divorce, custody, adoption, etc. – your family lawyer will have a huge impact on the outcome of your case. That’s why you need to make this choice carefully.
Trustworthiness and Good Communication
As far as your case is concerned, your attorney will be your partner from start to finish. You might have to reveal to this person very private information that you would otherwise take to your grave. You will also be speaking to each other frequently, discussing your case and how to manage it such that your intended outcome is achieved. All these make it crucial to choose a lawyer you can trust and communicate with effectively.
Interviewing Prospective Attorneys
When speaking to your potential attorney, there are vital issues to keep in mind. For one, their personality must mesh with yours or it may be difficult, if possible, to work productively together. Communicating with them should also come reasonably easy. You don’t want attorney who hardly responds to your texts or emails, or almost never returns your calls. Definitely, they must be willing to work with your budget too. Lawyers are used to discussing fees and costs upfront and will be happy to deal with a client who is conscious about this part of the business relationship.
There was a time when lawyers would take all kinds of cases, from real estate to drunk driving and more. The good thing is, lawyers today are focused on specific areas of law, such as family law, giving them more focused expertise that can definitely help you. It’s the same thing with doctors. You wouldn’t see a pediatrician if you’re older than 20, would you? So if you’re filing for divorce, you’ll want a family lawyer, not someone who usually handles murder cases.
Settlement and Litigation
Family law cases typically conclude with an out-of-court settlement. But not in some cases. In any case, you should choose a lawyer that can perfectly adapt to any scenario. Before committing to anybody, know their family law training and experience, especially whether or not they are prepared to bring your case to court if your attempts at a settlement do not prosper.
Making an Independent Decision
It’s good to ask family members, friends and coworkers for recommendations, but at the end of the day, you have to choose a family lawyer on your own. Whoever the source of your initial information, it’s important to talk to the lawyer before making that decision. Remember that every family and every family law issue is different.