Your divorce agreement will affect the rest of your life. Because of this, you do not want to just pick someone out of the phone book and let them make all of the decisions. You need someone you can trust and who will take your wants and needs into consideration when negotiating your agreement. It is a huge decision to choose your divorce attorney!
You can certainly start with the phone book and see who practices law in your area. Be sure to look for an attorney that practices family law. Once you have a list, you can ask friends and family for their opinions and recommendations. Just remember that no person will have the same experience with their divorce attorney. If a person is not happy about their settlement, they may blame their attorney and give him/her a bad review. Another person may feel that same attorney is the best in the world.
Contact the Attorneys
When you have narrowed your options down to a few, contact each attorney. You may choose to talk over the phone before making an appointment to meet in person. A face to face meeting is important so you can ask the attorney questions and see how he/she would handle different situations in your divorce. Make sure the attorney will listen to your wants and considers your feelings in all decisions. You also need to be comfortable with the attorney and feel like you will be able to trust him/her.
Trust is very important in this relationship. You will have to disclose very personal information to your attorney and want to be comfortable that your information will go no further. Your attorney should seem like a good friend – one who has a solution to a problem you have. The attorney you choose should also be available to you and not make you feel as if you are being rushed through appointments or decisions.
It may make you uncomfortable to ask, but it is perfectly acceptable to ask a lawyer what they charge per hour or service. You would not take your car to a mechanic without getting an estimate, so why should hiring an attorney be any different?
When you are looking for an experienced family law attorney in your area, don’t just limit your search to the local yellow pages. Instead, go to Avvo.com and find the attorney’s rating based on experience, and where you can also see reviews by their former clients.