Accepting that your marriage is over isn’t easy, but finding the right divorce lawyer should be!
Just because their website includes divorce does not mean a particular attorney is right for you. There are many considerations when selecting the best divorce attorney for your case and the fact they practice family law is simply not enough. This article will outline essential questions you should ask when consulting or interviewing a divorce lawyer for the first time. Attorneys aren’t one-size-fits-all and it’s important to have a connection with your attorney, feel comfortable and confident when working with them, and of course be assured they know the law, the process, and the court.
Before diving into your search, be aware that divorce attorneys cannot guarantee outcomes or predict the total cost of a case. However, an experienced divorce lawyer should be able to walk you through options, establish a roadmap, and set appropriate expectations that help you prepare for the length, expense, and potential results of your case.
Start your search by identifying several divorce lawyers in your area. After doing your due diligence such as researching their experience and reading client reviews, make contact with your top choices. You should ask for a case evaluation which is often offered by phone at no cost and is an opportunity for the attorney to better understand your situation as well as for you to ask questions to help determine your comfort level in working with this attorney.
Make a list of questions to help you narrow down your search.
Question # 1: Is divorce your primary practice area?
First, ask what areas of law they practice. It’s not uncommon for Massachusetts lawyers to practice in more than one area of law. However, you should be looking for someone whose primary practice area is Family Law which includes divorce matters and not someone who takes just a few divorce cases a year.
Question #2: What’s your experience handling this type of situation?
If you have a particular concern such as a situation involving an abusive spouse, custody of children, inheritance, or family business, ask the attorney if he/she has handled prior cases involving this type of issue(s).
Question # 3: What is your preferred communication method?
One important and often overlooked aspect of finding the right divorce lawyer is asking how they communicate with clients. Every office has its own way of operating. If you prefer communicating through email but the attorney you’re interviewing only communicates over the phone, this may not be the right fit for you.
Question # 4: What are the costs for divorce like mine?
Cost is always important and you want to know how their billing works. Most divorce lawyers require a retainer fee up front from which they deduct billable services. You want to get a general idea of the potential total cost, as well as the amount of the attorney’s hourly rate for providing legal services.
A great deal of your personal life will be shared with your divorce attorney, which is why it is imperative to work with someone with whom you feel comfortable. Hiring the right lawyer requires a great deal of care to ensure your interests are best represented.
If you are in search of an experienced divorce lawyer, contact our office for an evaluation today! We can answer all of these questions and more about your divorce case.