If your marriage is going through a particularly rough patch, you may even consider getting a divorce. Keep in mind that the divorce process is difficult and you shouldn’t go through it alone. Aside from relying on your friends and family, you also need an experienced lawyer skilled at family law to protect your interests during the process.
It is not easy to pick a reliable attorney these days. When choosing one, it equally matters what you do and what you don’t do. Here are some common mistakes that people make when selecting a divorce lawyer.
Talking to Referrals Provided by the Attorney
Each lawyer will have a prepared list of referrals to give you upon request. Unfortunately, you shouldn’t trust those referrals too much. Many attorneys resort to using friends or colleagues from different practice areas instead of true referrals.
Instead, you should consider asking your friends for a recommendation. You can also check out online reviews of previous customers of that attorney. When doing that, make sure not to stick only to the official website of the law office, but also check Google reviews and other review sites.
Not Meeting the Lawyer in Person
You may think it takes away your time and effort. However, the best way to ensure that the attorney meets your expectations is by meeting them. That will give you the chance to form an impression and see whether they treat you with the respect you deserve.
Talking to Only One Lawyer
You may encounter the perfect attorney immediately, but you should avoid hiring the first lawyer you find. If you want to ensure that their services are up to the standards, you need at least another attorney to make the comparison. It is in your interest to talk to several attorneys and consider their expertise, prices, availability, and personality. That is the right way of making the right choice.
Picking a Lawyer Based on Their Gender
Men often believe that only other men can understand the situation they are going through. The situation is no different when it comes to women. In divorce law, we often see clients that choose their attorneys based on gender.
Instead of gender, you should focus on experience and skills. If the lawyer has extensive knowledge and years of experience in the field, you can rely on them regardless of their gender.
Other Mistakes to Consider
Let’s take a look at some other common mistakes that people often make when choosing a lawyer:
- Picking an attorney only because you know them – the fact that they are your nephew or cousin isn’t the necessary qualification for a divorce lawyer.
- Does not specialize in family law – you need an attorney whose practice area is family law with particular emphasis on divorces and other divorce-related issues.
- Not discussing their workload – it is important that a lawyer has enough time in their schedule to dedicate to your case.
- Doesn’t establish the fees – you need to ask the lawyer to specify all charges before signing the deal. Reliable attorneys will never have hidden fees, but make sure to double-check everything.