When you are faced with the reality of divorce it is important to consider certain facts when you choose your divorce attorney. Here are five of the most important things to keep in mind when you are making a decision to choose your divorce lawyer:
- You need to feel comfortable with your attorney. Not everyone wants the same demeanor in their attorney. Some want a strong, silent, aggressive type and others prefer a warm, compassionate, dog-with-a-bone type. Decide what you are looking for and don’t settle until you find the lawyer that you feel comfortable with and who you know will work hard to represent you in your case.
- How much is this going to cost you? Many clients call a lawyer’s office and don’t know what to ask about fees and some will ask about fees but not understand the answers. Remember that most, if not all, family divorce attorneys work on a retainer. A retainer is a savings account of sorts that is held in trust by the law office. The attorney performs work and bills against that retainer amount. It might be tempting to go with the lowest retainer amount when you choose a lawyer BUT remember to ask what the hourly rate is, too. If an attorney charges $350 per hour and will take your case for $500 or $1,000 in retainer, how long is your retainer going to last? When your retainer is gone you will have to replenish the funds. It might be better to go with a $2,500 retainer and a good attorney who charges $300 per hour.
- Costs. What are the costs for your divorce case? You know about retainers now but how are costs different? The retainer pays the attorney for his or her time. The costs in your case include things like the filing fee (approximately $416), copies, phone calls, court reporters, process servers, depositions, or expert witnesses. Ask how these costs are handled before you hire a divorce lawyer.
- Location of the attorney. If you live in Brevard County you may be inclined to hire an attorney that is close by to your home or your office. That may be convenient for you when you drive to the office but you should not be spending much time in the lawyer’s firm office. You will be at the courthouse in Viera, Melbourne, or Titusville most often and in the office periodically. Most of what you do with your attorney can be handled on the phone or by email and fax. Don’t limit your choices to divorce attorneys near by, look for the best attorney for your divorce.
- Ethics and standards are very important. Check with the Florida Bar Association to see if the lawyer you are considering has been disciplined by the Bar Association. The general information about any discipline should be easy to access on line. Read the reviews for your attorney on AVVO.com or Google.com and consider what those reviews say. Sometimes unhappy clients lash out and leave a bad review but you should see a majority of good reviews before you consider hiring that lawyer. Don’t hire and immediately fire an attorney who asks or suggests you lie or change facts. Ethics are extremely important and you want to work with a divorce lawyer that is highly ethical.
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