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What to Look For In a Divorce Attorney

Posted on: August 12th, 2013

divorce-attorneySometimes you will find it difficult to accept the fact that you need the services of a divorce attorney. Divorce is a very emotional and stressful issue that affects not only you but the entire family as well. The issue becomes extremely difficult when children are involved. That’s why you need to have a divorce attorney to work on the case for you. Your choice of an attorney is crucial to the success of your case. Here are some tips that you can use to find the best lawyer for you.

How to Make the Best Choice

Check their background. Be sure to do some research about the potential candidates that you will hire as your representative in your divorce case. Check their backgrounds, especially their field of specialization.

  • Do they have a strong education foundation on family law?
  • Do the law firms where they work focus on the areas of divorce and family law?

The divorce attorney that you should hire must have years experience handling family-related cases.

The next thing to consider is that you should hire a counsel who knows the local laws and ordinances. Laws may have the same application everywhere in the country, but they are sometimes bounded by the realities of particular state. Aside from that, a local practitioner also knows the important contacts in the area. Connections can make all the difference in a divorce case. This means that your legal counsel must know the attorneys and the judges in the locality.

Work Ethic

You must choose an attorney with good work ethic and has been known in the legal community to be somebody who has risen from the ranks through hard work and positive efforts. Ask what his current load is. You don’t want a counsel who handles many cases at one time, leaving him with barely a moment to work on your case. A practitioner who has good work ethic will tell you if he has too much work already.

Before you hire a divorce attorney, meet with the person first. Meeting him in person will tell you he is professional, both in words and deeds. You can tell it by the way he dresses, by his manner of speech and by the way he carries himself in general.

Lastly, you must get along well with your lawyer. He must be something that is not difficult to deal with. He must be someone you can trust. Remember that in a divorce case, you may have to share some very personal things about your married life and your family. You don’t want to entrust information like this to someone who cannot be trusted.

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