- Find out if there are Divorce Lawyer in your area offering the service and what you can find on them on the internet.
- Verify if people you trust that used the service of a Divorce Lawyer before you know any of them.
- Ask them who they might suggest.
- You can also ask your doctor, a family member, a friend or a coworker. It usually helps to get referrals when choosing a divorce lawyer for such an important issue.
- Do not rely only on such sources. It is not because your best friend went through the process with a specific lawyer and it worked that it will for you too.
Is this divorce lawyer the right person for you?
When you have a short list of the potential divorce lawyers, to select one, find the answers to the following questions.
Some of these questions are to determine the experience and the competence of the professional. But most of them is also to find out if you will trust that person.
- How long have you been doing divorce?
- What percentage of your cases are divorce ones? (if your case is complex deal only with lawyers that divorce cases are his majority of cases).
- Do you give referrals?
- What is your price, location, office hours, etc.?
- Are you married? Divorced? how often?
- How old are you?
- If you have an idea of what you think are your issues, ask about previous experience.
- If he handled only a few cases, consider finding another one. These are complex issues and a long experience might make a huge difference.
- With… young children, adolescents, …
- What is your experience handling child custody/visitation cases and/or working with high net worth individuals (if applicable)?
- How do you handle financial calculations? Who will do the forensic accounting?
- Try to get a feel by asking what he/she thinks and measure your comfort level with the way he/she handles you and the questions.
- How often does the process end without having to go to court? Does he favor agreement between the spouse to avoid court? (Think about what do you want?)
- If needed, ask more questions, why of his success rate.
- If he offers any guarantee results, this is a red flag.
- Make sure to get some referrals.
- How long does it take on average?
- Answers to good to be true are warning signals unless you were referred by people you yourself know very well and that are highly reliable.
- What type of approach does he/she rely upon?
- Does he/she offers and suggest alternatives such as mediation and out-of-court proceedings?
- The purpose of asking is to verify if you are comfortable with his answers or additional questions he asks you. Does it make you more trustworthy and comfortable with the individual or less?
- That will help you choose later on.
Ask him what you should you expect?
If possible, try to contact and evaluate at 3-4 lawyers.
Because you will get better yourself at evaluating them and will make a better choice.
Don’t hesitate to contact them again to clarify and complete your assessment.
If you hesitate to do that remember that
a) it is an important step in your life.
b) the average cost of a contested divorce is between $15,000 to $30,000 and can quickly be more if you have a complex case.
It is worth doing your homework.
Here is the link again to start searching.