In the Women’s Forum magazine is an article that offers practical advice about how to choose the lawyer that will have the important task of joining in a divorce. Nancy Van Tine, family lawyer for 30 years, lists 5 points to keep in mind when choosing the lawyer who is going to advise and represent:
1. Talk, talk, talk
Talk to friends, relatives and acquaintances who have gone through a divorce. Not only ask for the results, but also by the lawyer: telephone Returned calls promptly? Explained in understandable terms? Process of divorce and possible solutions compared to those of a trial? Did you explain your rates and answered questions about the concepts and billing so smooth, clear and polite? Did promises that later could not keep? Were you able to successfully respond to questions about children, pets, and anything else that had been reported? The important thing is to listen to what they have and develop your own opinion, and keep in mind that the emotional component of a divorce affect how each client thinks of his lawyer.
2. Experience counts
It is common to find lawyers who claim to accept cases in various areas of law. Therefore, when interviewing potential lawyers will take your case, it highlights the importance of asking what percentage of your practice plays in the field of family law, and learn specifically what he does in the rest. There is no special certification to carry divorce cases, so be sure to be in the hands of a lawyer with specific expertise that is relevant to your situation.
3. How much will cost the grace?
Before appointment with lawyers, you have to know how much you can afford and how much you are willing to spend. This is an important criterion when generating a list of potential lawyers that might be relevant to your case, since there is no point wasting your own time and professional, if safely end their fees may not be covered with budget is available.
Most of the best lawyers charge for their time, regardless of whether they choose to take the case or not. Therefore it is advisable to find out in advance if you have to pay a fee for the initial consultation. Initial consultations usually last an hour, so it must be prepared to give a complete but concise history of marriage and why you are seeking a divorce. They must gather all kinds of information: information from banks, credit cards, life insurance and other investments. It is advisable to prepare a history of each spouse’s income, consumption habits, inheritances, time spent maintaining and serving the family (children, home, etc..). Please note if your partner is not aware that you are looking for a divorce lawyer, it’s a good idea to pay in cash rather than checks or credit cards, especially when it comes to shared accounts.
5. The Quote
The purpose of the first visit is to examine the profile of the lawyer for his career and understand if their experience provides the best starting point to bring your case. Since this person during a period of incredibly stressful time of life will be your advocate, your guide, counselor and friend have to have the feeling that the person chosen is correct for the case to be addressed. Ask for the experience you have, including the specific number of divorce cases that have been, and in what percentage of cases similar to yours are agreed. Ask about the lawyer’s participation in training related to family law. Ask for their rates and if other partners involved in the case. And most important: the end of the interview, ask if this professional is going to strive to give the best to your customer.
The experience of many people affected by divorce is that, throughout the process, from the first appointment until finally an agreement is signed, you will need the continued support of a person who truly seeks the best for his client. Therefore, take the time to make the right choice and “connect” with the professional is vital.