7 Questions to ask a divorce lawyer before you hire them
It is necessary to identify potential lawyers to represent you as your family lawyer. All lawyers are not the same, so never jump on the first lawyer you meet. Make sure you do a thorough research on the potential lawyers before you select the one that suits your interests best.
A consultation meeting should be held with every lawyer you select and this meeting should be considered a sort of an interview for the lawyer. The main aim of the meeting is to consider the lawyer’s suitability. We lawyers offer free 1st consultation to know about the case.
The questions you ask during the interview helps one in deciding if this is a person you trust and with whom you would want to work. These are some questions you may ask when you are evaluating a lawyer:
How long have you practised this type of law?
Experience is important for a lawyer. Knowing the judges, the local rules, and opposing lawyers is very beneficial. Having actual trial experience is also invaluable for a divorce lawyer, as is experienced in drafting and negotiating separation agreements, pleadings, and court orders.
How many cases similar to mine have you handled in the last six months?
A lawyer who has handled close to 10 similar cases in six months is someone who definitely specialises in this area.
What are your fees?
Remember that how much a lawyer charge is not the best gauge of how good the lawyer is. Pricing for divorce lawyers is often dictated by their firm, and firms that advertise heavily are typically going to charge more regardless of skill level.
Determine all expenses that must be paid for and ask for information about in-court and out-of-court rates. Enquire if a retainer fee, that is, an up-front payment, similar to a down-payment is required. Ask for an estimate of how much your case would cost; lawyer’s failure to give an estimate should be taken as a red flag. Also, enquire whether a payment plan can be worked out.
What are the chances of my spouse paying some of my legal fees?
The court may order the moneyed spouse to pay the legal bills of the non-moneyed spouse.
Do you provide a written contract?
It is important to insist upon this.
How quickly do you return phone calls?
Your calls should be returned within 24 hours. Enquire on how to reach the lawyer when a problem arises after working hours.
How long would this case last?
Once your lawyer knows the basic facts of your case, they should be able to give you a rough idea of timescale from start to finish based on their experience.
Other than these questions, there is a lot of personal choices involved in picking the right lawyer. People want different types of lawyer, some want a friendly one, others prefer a male or a female and therefore one has to decide on a choice they are most comfortable with.