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What to Look for When Hiring a Family Law Attorney

You’re going through a divorce and/or custody battle – who do you hire to represent you? Having representation in these perilous times is essential for getting the best possible outcome you can. The lawyer you hire is only as great as his credentials and experience, so it’s important to pay attention to both. Then there are other aspects you want to pay attention to that can help ensure you have a great business relationship with your attorney. The following are some tips to help you pick the best lawyer for the job.

What’s their Experience?

It doesn’t matter how many cases your attorney won. If they’re all won in criminal court, then it doesn’t say much about how he can help your family law case. It’s very important to single out attorneys that have experience with your particular area of law. There are many key details in statues and rules that can make or break your case. If he or she isn’t familiar with them, then they may overlook important laws to cite. You can’t expect the judge to remember everything, so your lawyer has to be on point with clarifying the law as it pertains to your case.

Do they Communicate Effectively?

Throughout the case, you need to keep in touch with your lawyer to ensure things are moving along and in the right direction. Does your attorney seem like a very busy person? Too busy to answer your calls or reach out to you with status updates? If so, this is a red flag. Your case relies on you being in the know and on the ball to file documents. Make sure the lawyer you hire is willing to keep you in the loop every step of the way, using the phone and email as forms of communication.

What’s the Strategy for Your Case?

You don’t want to just take your case one step at a time. After looking over your case details, the attorney should be able to spell out what he can do to help and what strategy he will put in place to get the outcome you want. Legal strategies are a must for getting top results. If you guys go into the trial or mediation blind and fumbling in the dark, then chances are you’re going to fail. The two of you should be on the same page, so one doesn’t counter the other during these crucial meetings with the other party and the judge.

Is Your Lawyer Honest?

You don’t want a lawyer who’s going to showboat you. Make sure they’re willing to be very honest about the possible outcomes for your case. If they’re promising you everything you want, then that’s a sign of an inexperienced or dishonest lawyer. It’s better to hear the hard truth from your attorney than to find out the hard way in the court of law. Ask a lot of questions and analyze their answers to see if they’re just trying to tell you what you want to hear or if they’re brutally honest.

How your lawyer looks also plays a part in determining their character. If they look sloppy and tired, then chances are they won’t perform well (or have performed poorly in the past). If they’re nicely dressed in Saks Fifth Avenue suits, then you know they’re doing something right!