Choosing the Most Effective Divorce or Family Law Attorney

You’ve been served with a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, Paternity Petition, or Supplemental Petition for Alteration; or you need to hire an attorney to help you prepare one of these to serve on the other side; or you have post-judgment contempt and compliance issues or modification issues to deal with. Whatever the case may be, you recognise the importance of retaining competent legal counsel to assist you. But, what exactly is proper legal representation, and how do you go about finding it? If you are looking for more tips, check out Divorce Service
For all of the details “out there,” finding a Marital and Family Law attorney could be difficult. How do you sort through all the nonsense to find the right person for you? First, avoid using the yellow pages, and second, keep in mind that the majority of attorney websites are simply extended yellow page ads.
After that, you’ll want to start collecting data. Seek out recommendations from family and friends, as well as doing your own independent study. In addition to showing you what to look for, I’d like to show you what to stay away from. After you’ve compiled a list of potential family law attorneys with whom you’d like to learn more, go to each attorney’s website.
WARNING: What are you seeing there? Do you see credit card logos on the pages of the website? Do you have evidence that the solicitor or company is able to work out a payment plan for you? Do you note that the lawyer is able to provide you with a “no-cost” initial consultation? WARNING: BEWARE! These are sales and marketing strategies, and they don’t tell you much about the attorney’s credentials or the quality of legal services you may expect from the firm.
NUMBER ONE SUGGESTION:
CHECK TO SEE IF YOU ARE COMFORTABLE WITH THE ATTORNEY FROM THE BEGINNING.
Picking up the phone to contact an attorney’s office is the first move in what could be a long journey. You should get the impression that your call is vital from the moment you call the attorney’s office, and that the attorney and his or her staff are a team dedicated to helping you. Consider the following questions: * Are you satisfied with your initial interaction with the Firm? * Did you make a good first impression?
* Did you receive all of the details you required?
* Were you given a date and time for your appointment as soon as possible?
* Will you be meeting with the partner or lead attorney on your case?
One thing to keep in mind is that many lawyers can not give retainer quotes over the phone. This is due to a variety of factors. Personally, I need to meet with the individual, assess the case’s complexities, determine the parties’ relative financial positions and needs, and then make some preliminary decisions. In my office, we have plans to administer an entire divorce case for a low, flat fee plus the expense of filing the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. This strategy may not be feasible for everyone, but if I do not meet with you and assess your specific situation, you will never know what your options are. So, if you do not receive an immediate retainer quote on your first phone call to the Firm, do not be worried.

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