[Kde-i18n-vi] Mike Paget - Divorce Decisions - Find A Good Divorce Lawyer
paul.kholer at gmail.com
Thu Aug 30 20:52:43 CEST 2007
Finding a good divorce lawyer is critical to protecting your rights to
children and marital assets. There are thousands of divorce lawyers out
there; you need to choose carefully among them to secure the most
appropriate divorce representation for you.
On Referrals And Finding A Divorce Lawyer
No doubt you know several people who have been through a divorce in your
local area. Each one is sure to have an opinion and the name of a "great
divorce lawyer". But it is not enough to rely on the advice of friends and
Referrals are an excellent place to start looking for a divorce lawyer, in
addition to the internet and local advertising resources, but you need to go
further and do some research of your own. Why? Because your divorce is
unique to you and your circumstances and it is essential that you find a
divorce lawyer who can represent your needs and best interests. The best
advice as referrals go is to choose the person whose experiences most
closely match your own, make sure they had a positive outcome, and put their
lawyer on your list of possibles, along with two or three others. Then set
up an appointment to interview them.
What To Ask At Divorce Lawyer Interviews
Formulate a list of questions before your first meeting with potential
divorce lawyers that are both general and unique to your situation. Some
things you might want to ask?
During the initial call?
- Is there a consultation fee? - What is the lawyer's hourly fee? - How busy
is the lawyer's schedule?
About the lawyer's background?
- How long practicing? - Does lawyer specialize in family/divorce? - Does
lawyer have experience with cases similar to yours? Recently? - Experience
with custody cases? -Settlement and meditation experience? - What is
lawyer's style in court and negotiations?
About the particulars of your case?
- What strategy is proposed for your case? - Will lawyer handle your case
personally or delegate to an associate? Can you meet him/her? - How long is
your case expected to take? - What are the tax implications of your
settlement? Will help be available as the case progresses to help you
determine such? - Are you allowed to contact/negotiate with your spouse? -
What is lawyer's prediction of case outcome (realize no guarantees can be
made; beware if you are guaranteed anything!)?
About office billing and administration?
- What is expected as a retainer? How applied to your billing? - What hourly
rate will you be billed? - Will you be billed for services of other
personnel? - What additional expenses might be involved (travel,
investigators, consultants, professionals?)? - Is the lawyer insured for
malpractice (be sure that he/she is!)?
Regarding contact with your lawyer?
- How can you contact your lawyer (include emergency contact) - How long
will your lawyer take to get back to you when contacted (with some
exception, expect returns calls within 24 hours)?
Note The Experience
During the interview, you want to note two things-your rapport with the
lawyer and his or her responses. From there, narrow the list down to the one
with whom you feel comfortable and well-represented. If you've not yet found
that person, interview more divorce lawyers until you do.
LaneAndAssociates and Jupiter Divorce Lawyer provide more information about
the divorce process. Learn how a Florida divorce attorney or a Wellington
divorce attorney can help you.
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