Finding the best divorce lawyer is an exhausting process. One Google search gives you thousands of results – how do you select the best divorce lawyer available?
That’s where we can help. After years of practice a few things have become obvious as to what sets a great lawyer apart from the bad ones. While some attributes may be a no brainer (i.e., appropriate cost and experience), it’s important to take a holistic approach when selecting someone to represent you in the court of law.
Here’s the secret recipe we’ve discovered for finding the right lawyer:
1 part Compassion
1 part Track Record
+1 part Honesty and Price
These three concepts will help you sift through the scams, and find the best lawyer available:
This is not the first trait that comes to mind when selecting a lawyer. In fact, many lawyers are portrayed in TV (and real life!) as people who don’t really care about people in general. This is far from the truth, but can be seen in some cases.
You need to find a lawyer that truly cares about you; a lawyer that wants to give you the best outcome and a lawyer that understands your feelings and emotions with the case. A lawyer that understands the stress you are under, and can help alleviate the aches and pains of the process by helping you along the way.
Finding out the law firm or lawyers case history is a good thing, but take this with a grain of salt. When searching for the best divorce lawyer, there really are not any winners. It truly is a negotiation, that each side receives some sort of “victory” – albeit smaller or larger than initial expectations.
Here’s the key: Ask your lawyer what they think about the case. What sort of outcome they project. Ask them if they have had a similar case, and what happened as a result. One question many people do not ask is for your lawyer to give a “worst case” scenario. This will give a glimpse at the confidence your lawyer has, as well as their honesty.
Most people look for a lawyer with a history of winning, at a low cost, which makes sense. The best lawyer for your divorce should have a great track record at a value you can afford. However, it’s important to make sure you are finding an honest and fair lawyer.
Find out what others are saying about the law firm or lawyer. Ask them about a tough time, when a case didn’t go their way. Even the best lawyers have a time when a case didn’t go as expected. This is a life experience, something that a lawyer should recognize as an opportunity for growth (opposed to festering on the failure of the case).
You should be able to get a good feeling that they are being real with you, and not selling you on the marketing phrases that is often commercialized nowadays.
Price is obviously a huge factor. You don’t, and shouldn’t, pay tens of thousands of dollars to try and relinquish the rights to your home, children, etc. Now, if you have an estate that is worth multi-millions, the case will be more expensive as there is more on the line so to speak. Alternatively, if the overall worth in the case is not a large sum, the case should move faster through the system which means fewer hours invested in your lawyer.
We wish you luck with your search to find the best divorce lawyer in your area. We hope these tips guide you to finding the right fit for your case.
Q: What is a divorce?
A: A divorce is the legal termination of marriage. All states require a spouse to identify a legal reason for requesting a divorce when filing the divorce papers with the court. The reasons given when filing are referred to as the grounds for divorce.Read More ›