When it comes to family legal issues, there is a lot at stake. Because of the personal nature of these types of cases, it is important that you work with a compassionate family law attorney who has the experience and qualifications necessary to see you through the entire process and to a favorable outcome. To have peace-of-mind that you select the right lawyer, do your homework before meeting with any law firm. Once you narrow down your top candidates, devise a list of questions to ask each. Below are the top three questions to ask each attorney during the free initial consultation.
What Approach Do You Recommend for Me?
Every attorneys’ approach to family law cases vary, especially when children are involved. Identify what is most important to you and start with a simple, straightforward question: “What is your approach to [child custody / alimony / property division]?” The lawyer should be able to thoroughly explain your options and detail the pros and cons of each. When explaining your options, the attorney should cover details such as cost, potential outcomes and complexity of obtaining the best possible outcome. If the lawyer gives you a generic answer, consider going with someone else.
Who Will Be My Primary Point of Contact?
Almost all law firms delegate tasks to appropriately qualified personnel. For instance, a receptionist may be in charge of answer the phones and scheduling appointments. A legal assistant may draft correspondence, while an officer manager will handle accounts payable and receivable. It’s important that you know how best to communicate with the firm based on your needs, as well as when to seek answers from the staff or from your attorney him or herself.
That said, every good family law attorney strives to maintain open lines of communication with his or her clients. He or she knows that to provide the best possible legal representation, he or she must have a strong relationship with each client. If an attorney cannot guarantee frequent contact with you, it is unlikely he or she is the best person to handle your case.
In addition to inquiring about attorney-client communication, you should also ask about the qualifications of paralegals and legal assistants who will be working on your case. If the firm plans to call in other experts, ask about their qualifications as well.
How Many Cases Like Mine Have You Handled?
Finally, inquire about the attorney’s unique qualifications. In addition to asking about the lawyer’s educational background and awards, ask the attorney to explain cases they’ve handled that are similar to yours. Though a family law lawyer may have handled hundreds of divorce cases, he or she may only have limited experience dealing with, say, high-asset divorces. Make sure the lawyer you choose is equipped to addresses the complex matters unique to your situation.
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If you are facing a family law issues of any type, it is important that you retain the appropriate legal counsel. To see if our firm is a good fit for you, contact our team today to schedule your free initial consultation.