How to Pick and Choose a Family Law Attorney in 5 Easy Steps (in the USA)

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Family law has a lot of touch points with the criminal justice system. It is a separate branch of civil law, though. Family law attorneys address concerns that involve various family-related problems. It includes child support, marriage, divorce, guardianship, and adoption. With thousands of family-law attorneys, it could be a daunting task to pick and choose the best one. A good family law attorney can bring you benefits in many situations. When you want to adopt a child, file for divorce, submit a prenuptial agreement, and so on.

Here are a few tips that can help you find a first class family law attorney near you.

1. Determine the Venue

A legal case commonly takes place in the county and state in which both parties live. Or it happens in the county where the opposing party is from. Most legal cases take place in the county where the plaintiff lives. Yet, there are some exceptions. For example, when someone resides in two states or is in the military.

2. Search for a family law attorney in the place where you’ll file your case

Once you have determined the venue of your legal case, you should start searching for a law attorney. It’s a good idea to put together a list of possible lawyers and do some research. An online research can provide you a lot of useful information about the lawyers you have put on your list. Research their official websites, social media profiles, as well a related press releases and news stories.

Look for the attorneys who deal with the local customs, court staff and judges. You should consider all the local attorneys who are involved in family law. They need to work in the county or district where you will file your case. If you plan to file your case in Maui, make sure to check on cainandherren.com.

There are several different ways of searching a family law attorney, including:

  • Database of the local bar associations provided by the American Bar Association
  • Bar association website of your state
  • Public-interest websites
  • Search engines
  • Online searchable directories of attorneys
  • Local yellow pages.

3. Talk to people familiar with the attorneys on your list and check online reviews

Ask friends and family how they were dealing with a certain attorney. Is that attorney transparent as regards to services and fees? Was he or she punctual for appointments? Is he/she available for questions? Also, ask them about their opinion and experience with an opposing attorney. Then check online reviews for the selected attorneys. The more information you gather, the better choice you will make.

4. Narrow down your list

Finally, you can narrow down your choices to top five attorneys. This depends on different factors. They include your budget and personal situation along with gathered information. A gut feeling is sometimes decisive when choosing an attorney.

5. Final decision

Call your top choices if your candidates offer free telephone consultations. Otherwise, you should schedule a live consultation tete-a-tete. Make sure to bring your list of questions and required documents when going to the scheduled consultation. The questions should refer to the costs as well as the qualifications and background of the selected lawyers. Besides, make a few questions specific to your case. The attorneys’ answers will give you a hint of how they would deal with your case.

Now that you’ve found out their expertise and background, it’s time to make a final decision. Avoid bad attorneys. Those who have solicited and pressured you into fee arrangements and/or agreements. Also, stay away from those who have suggested unethical or illegal things. Pick one who made you feel comfortable. An attorney who clearly answered your questions. Someone who is straightforward and easy to understand. That attorney has to be skilled and experienced in the specific area you need. Let him/her give you a few examples, successful of course, of the similar cases.

Before terminating any agreement or contract, do not hesitate to express your personal concerns. Remember that you can fire the attorney at any moment during your cooperation. You have the right to do so. Find another attorney who is eager to address your concerns and open to cooperation.

August 9, 2017 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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