Finding the Right Attorney
Family law matters usually involve highly charged emotions as people deal with the fallout from a broken marriage, a messy divorce and ongoing custody issues. When emotions run high, it’s critical to have an attorney who can clearly explain the ground rules and impart confidence that your case is being handled effectively.
Knowing What to Look ForHere are some tips to help you find the right lawyer for you:
- Experience Counts. Find out how long the prospective attorney has practiced family law in California and approximately how many such cases he or she has handled.
- Resources Count. Find out whether the prospective attorney has sufficient resources to handle your case efficiently and effectively. For instance, if your attorney carries a large caseload, he or she should have a sufficient number of assistants to help manage the caseload. Alternatively, if the prospective attorney has a light office staff, does he or she use technology to help manage the load?
- Personality Counts. You should perceive that a prospective attorney is prepared to be a strong advocate and is willing and able to fight for the best outcome possible for you. Personalities vary greatly among attorneys, as with any other profession, but mid-divorce is not the time to wish your attorney were more aggressive.