A Big Decision with Big Implications
Getting divorced is no easy decision, but with that choice comes another large one: who you should hire to be your attorney. Whoever you ultimately decide to stand by your side to help you throughout the legal process is a big decision, so it is important to determine not only who your attorney will be, but who the right attorney is for you. Here are some things to keep in mind as you search.
1. Do Your Research
As you begin to look for an attorney, it is very important that you are thorough in your research. It isn’t enough to merely hire the first attorney who happens to pop up in your search results. Look at the information available to you on their website as well as reviews from actual clients. All of these pieces of information tell a story of who this attorney is and what they are like.
In addition to this type of information, it’s also important to note each attorney’s chosen area of law. For a divorce, for example, you would look for someone that is advertised as a divorce or family law specialist.
2. Expertise Wanted
As you might anticipate, you are going to want someone by your side who understands divorce law and can help guide you through each step of the process. Legal matters, including divorce, can be incredibly complex at times, and not understanding exactly how the law works as it relates to key issues such as property division or child custody can give you a serious headache if you try to go at it on your own.
The right attorney knows that you need proper representation throughout a divorce and puts all their knowledge and skill into the case at hand. Your attorney should also be unwavering in defending your interests and should be skilled in negotiating should a possible settlement agreement arise.
3. Ask Questions
You may be doing yourself a disservice if you fail to ask any questions of your potential attorney. Many attorneys offer complimentary consultations, either in-person or via a phone call, so if you come across one that offers this, consider taking them up on this and scheduling a brief meeting.
When you meet the attorney, it’s very important to ask a variety of questions, including questions about their practice, their experience, results they’ve achieved, how to pay for their services, and other similar topics.
4. Compassion Matters
One of the most important traits an attorney can have is compassion for your situation. Divorce is difficult, and you may be feeling a range of emotions throughout the entirety of your case. An attorney should care for your new situation and should be assuring throughout the process. While it may not feel like it will be okay at first, your attorney should help you begin to feel better about it all.
Why The Right Attorney Matters
Choosing the right attorney to handle your case can make a big difference in the overall outcome. By hiring an attorney after careful research and consideration, you may be giving yourself a better chance at a better outcome.
An attorney with experience in their field and skilled in the courtroom and negotiation table can potentially provide you with a better settlement agreement than you might expect. Ultimately, it pays to do your research ahead of time and to think carefully before retaining someone as your attorney.
Above all else, hiring the right attorney should bring you peace of mind. Divorce can be difficult, and you might feel scared about your new situation. Knowing that your case is in the hands of an experienced attorney can help you feel relief about where you are going afterward.
Compassionate Cleveland Attorneys
The divorce process starts with a phone call to speak with an attorney. While it may seem intimidating at first, know that your meeting with an attorney is there for you to feel ready about what you are doing. At Laubacher & Co., we know that the first step can be difficult. When you’re ready to begin, we’re here for you.
To set up a consultation with a member of our team, call us at (440) 336-8687 or visit us online.