How to Select a Divorce Lawyer

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Perhaps the best way to decide which divorce lawyer to use for your divorce case is to find out what former clients have to say about that lawyer.


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How to Select a Divorce Lawyer Selecting a divorce lawyer to handle your family law case is a very important decision. The following are a few important criteria to help in finding the right divorce lawyer. Any divorce lawyer you consider should have substantial experience in handling divorce cases in your location. An experienced divorce lawyer will know the tendencies of the various judges in your jurisdiction and should be able to use this knowledge to your advantage. Additionally that lawyer should practice primarily in the field of divorce law. Often people will hire a lawyer who practices primarily in some other area thinking that any lawyer will do. However divorce law is a very specialized field that requires particular skills and experience in order to have a likelihood of reaching a successful conclusion. Perhaps the best way to decide which divorce lawyer to use for your divorce case is to find out what former clients have to say about that lawyer. While divorce is never an enjoyable process some divorce lawyers have more success at satisfying their clients than others. If you do not know someone who has been a client of that particular divorce lawyer you should consider asking the lawyer for a list of clients that you can contact who can describe their experience with the lawyer. While client confidentiality is important any good experienced divorce lawyer should have at least a few former clients who are willing to vouch for him or her. When a client becomes dissatisfied with a divorce lawyer one of the most common complaints is that they were unable to communicate with the lawyer. It is very important that your divorce attorney be accessible and prompt in responding to your phone calls emails and requests for meetings. While you can ask the divorce lawyer about their office policy this is another area where you can best evaluate the divorce lawyer by hearing what former clients have to say. If a former client of the lawyer tells you that they found it very difficult to contact the attorney or that the lawyer either did not return calls or respond to emails or would take several days to do so you should definitely avoid that lawyer. Divorce is an unpleasant and frustrating process under the best of circumstances. If you are unable to reach your divorce attorney or at least

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someone on his or her staff the frustration level can increase exponentially. During the consultation it is vitally important that you have a candid discussion with the prospective divorce lawyer about fees and what you can expect. Typically an experienced divorce lawyer will require the payment of a substantial retainer up front against which that lawyers hourly rate and expenses will be charged. You should find out what that lawyers hourly rate is what the upfront retainer will be whether any portion of the retainer is refundable if it is not exhausted and how often you can expect to receive invoices that detail their hourly charges and expenses. You also will want to know how detailed the invoices are. Once again this is another area where you can get excellent information from those people who have been clients of that divorce lawyer.

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