Divorce can be a stressful moment in many people’s lives. It can
be difficult to maneuver through the complexities of ending a relationship.
The last thing you’re probably prepared for is hiring a divorce
attorney. If you’re like many people, it can be intimidating finding
a lawyer that is right for you. To make the process easier, we’ve
listed common questions you should ask any firm you are thinking of hiring
to represent you.
1. How do your legal fees work?
Many attorneys have different fees and payment options. Some lawyers work
on a flat fee basis, while others charge by the hour. Before you commit
to a lawyer, it is important to figure out how much you will potentially
spend and if it fits in your budget. If an attorney has handled similar
cases in the past, they should be able to give you a general estimate.
2. How much experience do you have?
Sometimes the multiple options of divorce lawyers can be overwhelming.
How do you know whom to choose? Ask your potential lawyer how much experience
they have. Do they primarily handle divorce cases or do they practice
in other areas? Is the lawyer board certified? These questions can help
you determine whether they are the right choice for you.
3. Will anyone else work on my case?
In some cases, multiple individuals can work on your behalf. Find out if
others will help your case. Also, ask if you can meet these people. That
way you can have an insight into who the people are that are helping you.
If you find you do not like the staff members, it is better to know upfront.
4. What is your plan to help my divorce?
While the attorney may not have a concrete plan in place, experienced individuals
will have a general idea of how to help you obtain your end goals. Ask
the potential lawyer how they plan to represent your case. This will give
you insight into how they think.
5. Is there anything I can do to prepare?
Before you leave the attorney’s office, ask them what you can do
now to protect yourself. You should also see if there are certain things
you can do on your own to help prepare you for the next step in your divorce process.
Asking these questions should help you determine whether the attorney is
right for you. You should see how much knowledge they possess on the subject.
Also, listen to your gut. Does this attorney seem like someone you can
trust to handle your case?
At James D. Madden, Attorney at Law, we have a family law specialist who
is an experienced at handling divorce cases. Allow us to answer all of your
questions by calling today for a free consultation!