If you are considering divorcing your spouse, one of the most crucial decisions is to hire an experienced divorce lawyer to represent you. The divorce process is not always speedy and can be emotional and contentious at times. That is why it is essential to hire an attorney who will protect your property and parenting rights and fight for your interests.
Determining whether an attorney is a good fit for your case can be challenging. Below, we have outlined ten key questions you should ask any attorney before retaining their services.
How Do You Prefer to Communicate?
Communication is key to a successful case. It is vital to hire an attorney who will be responsive to your calls and emails and keep you updated on any critical developments in your case. Ask the attorney how long it typically takes them to respond to a call or message and find out their communication preferences. They may prefer to communicate via phone, email, video conference, or in person.
What is Your Experience?
You would not choose a surgeon who has never performed surgery before, nor would you want to hire a family law attorney who has never handled a divorce case. You should ask the attorney what experience they have and how many divorce cases they have handled. Ask how many years they have been practicing, about their association memberships, and their other qualifications.
Who Will Be Working On My Case?
Your divorce lawyer will likely have support staff to assist with their cases. While this is usually a positive thing, it is crucial to know who else will be working on your case and who will be communicating with you aside from your attorney.
Do You Specialize in Divorce Cases?
You do not want to hire an attorney who only focuses on environmental law to handle your divorce case. You need an attorney who specifically focuses on family law. Some practices exclusively handle family law matters, while others practice family law along with other areas of law. What matters is that the attorney has specific knowledge of family law matters in your state.
How Long Do You Think My Case Will Take to Resolve?
It is impossible to know precisely how long your case will take to resolve, but a seasoned family law attorney should be able to give you a ballpark estimate. Multiple factors could impact the length of your case, including child custody, spousal support, and the composition of the assets that need to be divided.
What is Your Fee Structuring Plan?
Before you hire a divorce lawyer, it is essential to consider your budget and determine whether you can afford to pay the attorney for their services. Ask them about their fee structuring plan upfront so that you are not surprised by the cost later. If you are on a tight budget, the attorney might be able to work with you by offering a payment plan.
What Other Costs are Involved?
You may incur other costs during the divorce process, such as the cost of hiring psychologists, private investigators, or other expert witnesses to provide testimony on your behalf. You should ask the attorney how they plan to charge you for these expenses. Although, it is unlikely that anyone could predict precisely how much your divorce will cost before the process has begun, an attorney should be able to give you an estimate so you can make the right decision for your budget.
Do You Have Time for My Case?
Make sure to hire an attorney who will prioritize your case. If an attorney already has too many cases on their plate, your case could get drawn out, and you may not get the personalized attention you deserve.
Can You Point Me to Any Client Testimonials?
It is essential to review what the attorney’s past clients have said about their services. Ask the attorney if they can direct you to any specific reviews or testimonials that could aid in your decision to hire them.
What is Your Strategy for My Case?
A knowledgeable attorney with experience in family law will be familiar with all of the state and local laws that relate to your case. Having a reliable source of legal advice is crucial, especially in high-stakes divorce cases, so you should not hesitate to ask the lawyer how they plan to handle your case.
If you are considering filing for divorce in Virginia, contact Taylor, Taylor & Taylor, Inc. today to discuss your situation with one of our compassionate, seasoned family law attorneys. We have the skills and resources to protect your interests, resolve disputes, and help you navigate this process. Reach out to us by phone or online for a confidential consultation today.