It is very important to hire a good divorce lawyer to handle your divorce. However, the process of selecting the best divorce lawyer can be a mountain to climb especially given the many number of incompetent lawyers out there. There are some five factors that you should consider when looking up a divorce lawyer.
The lawyer’s experience.
Always go for a divorce attorney with substantial experience in handling divorce cases especially in your area. Such a lawyer would know exactly what to expect from judges in your jurisdiction and use this knowledge to his/her advantage. It is also advisable to go a lawyer whose primary practice is in the field of divorce law.
Testimonials from clients.
Finding out what former clients say about the lawyer will help you in selecting a good divorce lawyer. If you do not know a particular client who have previously worked with the lawyer, then ask the lawyer for a list of clients he have assisted in the past and contact a few.
Ability to communicate with the lawyer.
One of the most common complaint from unhappy clients is that they were completely unable to communicate with their divorce lawyer. It is therefore very important that your lawyer is readily accessible and quick in responding to your emails, requests for meeting and phone calls.
You can either find out about your lawyer’s ability to communicate by asking him about his office policy or by hearing what his/her former clients have to say about the matter.
Fees the attorney is charging.
Before making an initial appointment, ensure that you inquire about the consultation fees. This is so because they are some lawyers who do consultation for free, others charge a fixed amount of money while others charges at an hourly rate.
Most experienced lawyers will charge you at an hourly rate. Find what the rate is, what their upfront retainers are and whether parts of the retainers will be refunded if not used and how often you will be able to receive invoices detailing hourly charges and any other expense.
Being comfortable with your lawyer
This is the most important point to consider when hiring a divorce lawyer. Ask yourself whether you are comfortable and confident in the lawyer’s abilities. If the answer is a no, then continue looking for a better lawyer. Your divorce case is very important and you can’t afford to entrust it to someone who does not win your confidence.
Hiring a divorce lawyer is a process that should be done very cautiously. Do not rush into hiring a lawyer and end up disappointed in the long run. Consider the above five discussed factors when looking up a divorce lawyer.