Hiring a divorce attorney isn’t an easy step to take and it can also be a hard process to start. After all, this person will be guiding you though one of the most stressful and emotional times of your life. Where do you begin to find the right divorce attorney to fit your needs? At Houston Divorce Now, we understand this difficult time and are here to guide you through five steps to take when looking for the right divorce attorney for you.
Step 1: Know what you're looking for
Are you looking for an attorney that understands finances and is equipped to handle a complicated divorce? Are you looking to get primary custody for your child(ren) and need an lawyer that specializes in child custody? Do you want to mediate without having to go to trial? These are just a few questions to consider before you begin your research.
While divorce can be an emotional time, it’s always a good idea to take note of what you need in an attorney before beginning the hiring process. Asking yourself these questions will help you understand what you're looking for in a divorce attorney before you even begin the research process. It’s up to you to know what you want, so you can make the right choice.
Step 2: Research Potential Attorneys
How do you find potential attorneys? There are several resources at your disposal when looking for the right representation for you. A great place to begin your search is by talking to those you know: ask for recommendations from a close friend or family member who have been through divorce themselves. Did they like their attorney? Was it handled well? Don’t be afraid to ask questions that might benefit your decision.
Not only friends and family can benefit your search, online searches also provide a great place to start looking for the right divorce attorney for you. Online you can find numerous websites that provide client reviews of attorneys local to you as well as information on what services they provide.
Step 3: Narrow your List
No two attorneys are the same so don’t jump to hire the first one you meet. Based on your personal needs and research, you should be able to find several lawyers and attorneys that specialize in the divorce process you want to have. Narrow your list further by creating a pros and cons list based on their experience, reviews and even hourly rate. Finalize a list of divorce attorneys that you feel confident interviewing before making your final decision. Once you've completed narrowing down your list based on your needs and their expertise, you should only have to interview between two and four attorneys.
Step 4: Interview
Several attorneys offer free or affordable consultations that you can take advantage of while in the interview process. Take this time to really assess whether or not they would provide the right representation for you. Remember: it’s your responsibility to retain a lawyer who’s not only good at their job, but one whose personality and outlook are compatible with yours. The outcome of your divorce proceedings will change the course of your life forever, so invest in finding the lawyer who will do the best job for you.
In the interview, ask yourself questions such as- does this lawyer understand me and my case? Are they really listening and understanding my needs? Am I comfortable and confident in their abilities? If anything feels off about your initial meeting, it’s probably a good idea to meet with someone else. You might need to meet with a few attorneys before deciding on your best match.
Step 5: Choose Your Divorce Attorney
The divorce attorney you choose to represent you should be professional, knowledgeable, responsive and communicates well. They should understand your needs and the needs of your divorce. This attorney is someone you trust and feel comfortable with. This is an important decision, and there are no guarantees in this process. However, if you follow these five steps, you’ll find the right one — the one who listens to what you want, advises you well and has your best interest at heart.
Are you looking for the divorce attorney that's right for you? Find your perfect match at Lee Legal Group. With more than a decade of experience helping individuals through the divorce process, The C.Y. Lee Legal Group, PLLC is committed to helping you find the best solution for your case while keeping your best interests in mind. Consider scheduling a consultation to see how we can best help you, today.