how to choose an attorney
Finding the right attorney can make a huge impact on your case. And with so many attorneys out there, it can be overwhelming to know where to even start. Below is a list of recommendations to keep in mind when searching for the best attorney to meet your unique needs.
- Do your research – There are many attorneys out there, so you don’t want to hire the first attorney you find. Instead, take time to research attorneys and their law firms. Check out sites like Avvo or the American Bar Association. If you have recommendations from friends or acquaintances, make sure to still do your due diligence. Search the attorney’s name in Google to see what information you can find about past cases and what others are saying about him or her.
- Interview your top 2-3 candidates – Narrow down your list to your top 2-3 choices and interview each one. Most attorneys offer an initial consultation (usually for a fee), so use that meeting to really get to know the attorney, how that attorney works, and if their personality and approach are a good fit for you.
- Ask about costs up front – Most attorneys work off an hourly fee, plus require an initial retainer. A divorce can be costly, so try to find an attorney whose fees work within your budget.
- Be honest with yourself and your attorney – The only way to have a successful outcome is to be honest with yourself and your attorney. Be open about your goals, both for you and for your family, plus any budgetary restrictions, and your finances and assets. Take into consideration and discuss any special circumstances.
- Make sure your goals align with your attorney’s goals – After you understand the dispute resolution choices available to you, and after you understand the pros and cons of each approach, you will likely have a sense of how you want to proceed. While being flexible to the education and experience of your attorney, make sure your attorney can support your approach or will give you a good explanation of why that approach will not work in your circumstances. Choose an attorney that understands your goals and will approach those goals in a way that works for you.
- Find a professional counselor if needed – Divorce is frustrating, and can be an emotional rollercoaster. Use a trained counselor to navigate the emotional transitions. Your attorney, while a good listener, is not trained as a counselor, and is an expensive substitute for one. Your attorney will gain an understanding of your feelings as you work together and can discuss, within the parameters of the legal work, how to address those feelings. However, the best place to vent your frustration is with a counselor. Be aware that venting on social media can be damaging to your case.
The attorneys at Strata Law Group believe an effective attorney-client relationship starts with open, honest communication and unified goals. Our family law team is here to support you through the current legal issues you are facing.
Call today to schedule your initial consultation – (206) 682-6826.