When you are going through a hard time in your life especially divorce you have to safeguard yourself a divorce lawyer. This will make you stronger, fight for your legal rights and will represent your best interests in court.
The following are the steps will help you find and hire the best lawyer:
Go shopping. You must know that all lawyers are not equal. There are some that are expert in a particular field while others, sadly, are not very good. You have to shop around and search the phone books under “attorneys,” make sure you look under the heading, “divorce.”
Don’t hesitate to ask about the fees because it will help you evaluate if the lawyer service you want and like fits in to your budget. Attorney fees range from under $100 per hour to over $500 per hour. When talking with attorneys, ask for their fee schedule up front.
Schedule an appointment. Your first meeting gives both of you and the lawyer the opportunity to ask each other’s questions. Don’t be afraid to meet with several lawyers prior to making a decision.
Set a meeting. Make sure you created a list of questions, concerns and objectives for your possible lawyer before you decide to meet with him. Jot down any property you want, how you think custody should be decided and how much support you think you should get.
Meet and evaluate your attorney. Is he comfortable to have business with? Does he seem expert or your lawyer asking bright questions about your case? Will he or she be handling your case or will it be passed down to a junior associate?
Talk about money. Ask about how much is his rate per hour, or whether you will be required to pay a retainer and when payments are expected and how payments can be made.
Read the fee agreement. Each fee agreement is different; some are simple while others are complex and detailed. Review the agreement and definitely ask questions. Don’t feel pressured to make a decision on the spot. If you feel comfortable with the attorney, sign the agreement. Also, never forget to ask for a business card.
Make a decision. You have come up a decision, sign the fee agreement and let your lawyer know. In addition, you should also call the lawyers you do not hire to let them know you will not need their service sand also to pay respect.