5 Tips for Finding a Divorce Lawyer
If the time has come to find a divorce lawyer, there are serious consequences to consider no matter your state of mind. What’s Heritage Law’s best advice? Take your time! Patience almost always results in a better outcome– beyond that, refer to our five tips below and ensure you are well represented through this important life change.
#5: Get a referral
Unsure where to start? Ask trusted friends and loved ones about their experiences with lawyers and legal proceedings. Have a law firm in mind? Ask their clients if they are happy with their services. Legal professionals love referrals because it means our work has made a difference in people’s lives for the better!
#4: Know what you want
Picture your ideal separation or divorce in your mind and make note of the details. The tone, pace and complexity of your intentions matter a lot and they should be taken into consideration by your preferred legal professional. A good lawyer always listens to the client and should put your priorities first.
#3: Know what you DON’T want
Look for red flags when interviewing potential law firms or other legal representatives– the features you dislike may become even more accentuated during the very personal experience of a divorce. Advertisements, news articles, online reviews, professional societies and other resources are available for you to gauge the adequacy of your chosen lawyer.
#2: Play the odds
Take meetings at more than one law firm, preferably each referred by separate individuals. This allows you to see the difference in mannerisms and practices between different legal professionals. Don’t feel pressured to say yes to anything and don’t sign anything on your first visit– take notes to review later and don’t be afraid to walk out!
#1: Keep your expectations in check
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Don’t get sucked into schemes that seem to avoid any possible downside. The law is rigid and complex, so any good lawyer will ensure your expectations are managed from day one. Establish clear goals and your desired outcome, these are the best tools for an experienced legal professional to serve their client.
The above tips are only a summary of what hiring a good divorce lawyer entails. Bring any questions or concerns to the experts at Heritage Law today! One email, phone call or visit can put your mind at ease and set you on the track to a bright future.