How to Find the Perfect Divorce Attorney
If you and your spouse are getting ready to go through a divorce it is time for you to know how to find the right divorce lawyer for you. In our discussion today, we will take a look at some factors that are important for you to consider in order for you to find the best possible lawyer.
We have selected 3 factors that you should consider beginning with where to find a divorce attorney.
Tip #1 – Where to find a divorce attorneys
Do you have any idea where to begin looking for attorneys? One of the first places to consider is by asking your friends and family. Talk to someone that you might know that has recently gone through a divorce. If you have a lawyer that has handled any previous business for you, then see if he or she has a recommendation for a good divorce attorney. If you are not comfortable talking to family and friends, you can use the Internet. You can do a Google or Yahoo search for a divorce in your town or in a town near you.
Tip #2 – Understand the different types of payment arrangements
Know what you can afford when it comes to hiring an attorney. Let’s talk a little bit about the type of fees that you may encounter when hiring a lawyer. Lawyers usually charge either by the hour, by a flat rate, ask for a retainer or charge some contingent fees. The standard or the more usual type of fee arrangement is by the hour.
The flat fee tends to be for cases that are not very difficult. Just make sure that you know what is included in the flat fee and what is considered extra.
The retainer fee is a certain amount of money that is paid up front. The money is put in a special account. As the work is done, the price of the work is deducted from the account.
In certain types of cases, lawyers are not paid by their client. In these cases, the lawyer is paid a percentage of the money that is won in the case. The types of cases that you might see this type of fee arrangement are accident cases, injury cases or malpractice cases.
Make sure that you know how much that you can afford and balance that with what you are going to require for your case. Talk with your prospective lawyer and see if there will be any extra charges for paralegals or any type of specialist work that may need to be completed.
Tip #3 – Questions to ask your prospective lawyer
By this point, you should have a list of names of prospective lawyers. These are names of lawyers that you will interview. You want to make sure that you don’t hire a lawyer until you have interviewed them. Here are a list of questions that you should consider getting answers to.
What is your experience in divorce litigation?
How many years have you been a divorce lawyer?
Do you handle other areas of law?
If you do, what percentage of your cases are divorce cases?
Are you currently handling a lot of cases?
What will happen in my divorce?
What kind of information do you need from me?
What kind of issues will I need to resolve?
How long will my divorce case take?
These are a few questions that you can ask your prospective lawyer so that you can get familiar with your prospective attorney. Once you have this information from the various lawyers that you speak to, you can then go through your answers and see which lawyer you are most comfortable with.
Answers to these questions will help you to see if the lawyer can help you concentrate on the various problems and issues surrounding your divorce, make sure that he has all of the facts about your divorce and giving you good feeling as to the type of relationship and rapport that you can develop with this lawyer.