How to Select the Right Attorney
Answers from a Reliable Divorce Lawyer
If you are filing for
divorce, there is no doubt that you have questions regarding the best options
for you, such as selecting the right attorney. There are thousands of
divorce lawyers out there, and choosing the right one for your unique
case can have substantial benefits for you and your family. Following
are several questions and answers provided by a Northern Virginia divorce
attorney at our law firm:
Is there a way that I can save money when dealing with my attorney?
In order to save money on your attorney fees, you must try to cut down
on the amount of time that your attorney spends on your case. Attorneys
typically base their fees off of the time that they spend on your case,
and so here are a few tips for saving money. If possible, make a list
of your questions and consolidate them into a single phone call or email
instead of multiple calls or emails.
Prepare your attorney with as much information as possible, and respond
to his or her requests with neat and organized responses. Written summaries
of events and lists of important information, such as contact information
of key figures and account numbers, can also help speed up the process.
If your attorney has a legal assistant or paralegal, you should try to
utilize them in your case as much as possible.
What should I bring to my initial consultation?
In order to receive the most benefit from your initial consultation, you
should bring with you any documents that you want your attorney to review.
First, you should bring documents that include evidence of marital fault
on the part of your spouse, such as letters, photos or emails that point
to cruelty, adultery or desertion. You should also bring documents about
the family's assets so that your attorney can review your financial
standings. If possible, you should bring checking account statements,
appraisals and retirement/investment account information. In order to
have a solid understanding of how divorce will affect your finances, it
is helpful to bring information about you and your spouse's incomes.
It is wise to keep notes about what has happened so far, and your attorney
can review these notes as well as the documents that you received from
the court or your spouse.
What happens during my initial consultation and what should I expect from
The primary thing that you should do during your initial consultation is
collect information. Your attorney will probably have paperwork for you
to complete, so you should arrive early if possible. During your consultation,
you will have time to observe the attorney and any paralegals that may
be available to help you. Your attorney will usually ask you to explain
your situation in its entirety, and it is important to be honest and open
with him or her. Be very clear about your objectives for your divorce
or family law matter and inform your attorney of any issues that may arise
with your spouse.
You should also capitalize on this time to take notice of how the firm
is operated. Does the firm appear organized and are there legal assistants
or paralegals that will be available to help you? Is your attorney's
communication style and demeanor both professional and friendly? You should
also observe the firm's proximity to the courthouse and the number
of attorneys at the firm.
By the time your initial consultation is finished, your attorney should
provide a clear evaluation of your matter based upon the law, the attorney's
knowledge and experience. The attorney should also be able to provide
you with reasonable advice as to how you should proceed in order to accomplish
What are the benefits to hiring an attorney for my divorce?
Some people think that hiring a divorce lawyer is an extra and unnecessary
cost. While there some circumstances that make it impossible to hire a
legal professional, here are a few reasons why you should consider doing
so. First, your divorce attorney knows divorce law and stays up to date
on current changes in your state's divorce law. Secondly, a divorce
attorney knows how and when to file petitions and motions with the court.
Instead of spending countless hours trying to familiarize yourself with
all of the legal requirements surrounding divorce, your attorney can handle
these issues for you in a much more timely fashion.
Thirdly, a divorce attorney has experience negotiating issues like spousal
support, child custody and property division. The outcome of these issues
will have a lasting impact on your life, and you cannot afford to be unsuccessful
in these matters. For more information about how a skilled divorce lawyer
will benefit you,