The decision on which divorce attorney that you hire is going to be one of the most significant decisions that you make in your case. From start to finish, you are going to be relying on the advice and counsel of that divorce attorney. You want to make sure that the divorce attorney that you hire has the requisite knowledge, experience and ability to handle your case from start to finish.
For example, you want an attorney who will explain to you in great detail the process of a divorce. You also want your attorney to be able to explain to you what a reasonable or realistic outcome could be. You don't want to hire an attorney who is selling you a bill of goods and promising you things that are not actually possible in your case. You want an attorney who knows approximately, with the good opinion, what the courts will do based on your particular fact pattern.
There are some attorneys out there that are promising men to have custody of their children knowing full well that the likelihood of that father getting full custody is very slim. There are other attorneys who puff up about how much the person is going to receive throughout the divorce process when in reality, the courts tried to do equity in every single case. So the attorney that you choose is going to be a very important decision.
Make sure that you feel comfortable with the attorney. Don't just go to the first attorney and hire them on the spot. Interview two or three attorneys based on recommendations, as well as your own good research. Check the bar record and make sure those divorce attorneys are licensed and that they don't have any outstanding complaints against them for malpractice or malfeasance. Most importantly, make sure that you are in a situation where you are getting a good attorney at a reasonable rate and you feel confident and secure that the representation is professional.
I have handled many cases where the person has already terminated a prior counsel. Either the counsel was overcharging, overbilling, not providing the service as promised or simply neglecting the client that caused that attorney to be discharged. When you hire my law firm, you are going to get personal service, exceptional work and reasonable fees and you are going to feel that you can access the lawyer on a daily basis if need be.
Be careful with hiring an attorney simply based on price. If you hire a divorce attorney simply based on price, you are either going to overpay for lesser service or you might actually get lesser service if you hire the lowest priced attorney out there. I would recommend that you hire an attorney who falls within the customary range for exceptional, experienced divorce attorneys in that local area. By doing so, you can feel secure that you are getting competent representation at reasonable fees and that you are in line with the going rate for fees and counsel in your area.
Once again, the decision to hire your divorce attorney is the most significant decision that you are going to make and it starts at the beginning of your case. Plan on having a long and lasting professional relationship with your divorce attorney. Because it's a long relationship and because there's a lot of emotional and other ideas involved in it, you want to make sure that you have a good working relationship with that attorney and that you feel comfortable in their services.