Part 1 - How to Choose A Family Law Lawyer
No matter what type of legal issues you are facing, it is important to have a qualified lawyers on your side who understands the law and who cares as much about the outcome of your case as you do. One of the most difficult decisions a person makes is finding the right lawyer. When an individual first goes to an attorney it is usually during a time of crisis. This is especially true in the area of family law.
When searching for a lawyer, first look to friends, co-workers and relatives for referrals. People who have previously been through the issues you are facing are a good starting point. By relying on the recommendation for people you trust you can get some insight into the how the attorney interacts with their clients. Rapport is very important during a difficult time. Keep in mind; the facts of each and every case are different, so results may vary.
Check the credentials. Research what past clients have said about working with that lawyer or law firm. Reading online reviews or testimonials from existing or past clients is a great tool to see how that lawyer works with their clients. Not every attorney is going to have over 130% positive reviews; however, lawyers that have consistently negative reviews from clients is someone you might not want to waste your time meeting with.
We do not recommend merely choosing a lawyer because you like their advertisement in the yellow pages or their website has all the “bells and whistles”. After all, would a person choose a heart surgeon in this manner? Although a divorce is not a matter of life and death, but its outcome can affect you and your children far into the future. Instead, when choosing a lawyer, beyond the conventional and basic qualifications, i.e., law school attended, work history, experience in a particular field, you should look for a lawyer who is compatible with your particular personality. Remember legal actions, especially divorce actions, are not resolved quickly and you will most likely be working with this attorney for an extended period of time.
Contact Owens & Perkins to schedule your complimentary ½ hour consultation regarding your legal needs at (480) 630-2464.