Couples in Palm Beach County know that hiring a divorce attorney is important. Attorney Howard Goldstein in the Massachusetts divorce blog recently discussed questions that people should ask themselves before hiring a divorce lawyer. These questions include:
1. Have you chosen carefully and slowly? Not all lawyers are alike. There is much gray area in family law. Different lawyers have different approaches to similar problems. You should definitely interview more than one lawyer and get a feel of how they approach your situation. Trust your instincts. If you don’t feel comfortable, pay attention to your gut and keep looking;
2. Does your lawyer have people skills and are you comfortable with him/her? A client’s experience going through a divorce has a lot to do with how they are treated and how they relate and communicate with their lawyer. You should look for an attorney who’s easy to talk to and who listens to you. You are going to spend a lot of time with this person as you go forward. You should work with a lawyer who does not hide behind legal terminology. Do you understand everything your prospective attorney is telling you? Does the attorney speak in plain English? Does he or she stop periodically to check to determine if you understand what is being discussed? Does your attorney express appropriate concern about how you and the children are doing? These are all signs the lawyer may be the right one for you to work with;
3. Will your lawyer encourage you to assist with your case in an effort to keep the costs down? Organized, thoughtful clients can save a lot of money by preparing their own budgets, histories, list of questions for discovery, organizing financial documents, and in other ways. A lawyer who may be a good fit with you should be willing to consider as much involvement as you can successfully and comfortably handle in an effort to reduce your expenses.
4. Does the lawyer offer other alternatives for your divorce, such as mediation, collaborative law, or are they traditional in their approach, only believing in litigation? You may come to your divorce lawyer with only one approach in mind; it is important to make sure that you consider all alternatives available for your divorce. When you go to a physician, you want to make sure that you learn of all possible forms of treatment. The same should be with your attorney. If your attorney never goes to court or if your attorney only wants to litigate, then that lawyer may not be appropriate for you.
5. Is my lawyer open to consultations with experts? There is a great unpredictability of divorce. Judges have wide discretion in a large number of areas in a divorce case. It is important for you to have as much input from as many professionals as you can afford in your case. Good divorce lawyers routinely obtain consultations or opinions from accountants, appraisers and other real estate professionals, financial planners, psychologists and other mental health professionals, and other professionals related to the court issues in your case. If your lawyer appears to be a know-it-all and reluctant to bring in other professionals to assist you in obtaining the best possible result in your case, then that attorney may not be the one for you.
Whether you live in Jupiter or in Wellington, the selection of a divorce attorney may be one of the most important decisions you make in your life. Answering the above questions should assist you in finding the right attorney for you, your children, and your case. To read more about Attorney Goldstein’s questions, click here.
Board Certified Marital and Family Law Attorney Charles D. Jamieson understands that divorce is an extremely sensitive and important issue. Thanks to extensive experience and a focus on open communication, Attorney Jamieson adeptly addresses the complex issues surrounding divorce while delivering excellent personal service. To discuss divorce in Florida, please contact The Law Firm of Charles D. Jamieson, P.A.The Law Firm of Charles D. Jamieson, P.A. or call 561-478-0312.