Choosing a dependable family lawyer can be sometimes difficult as you do not know the criteria to use when selecting such attorneys. You end up moving from one firm to the other because of a bad experience. In the process of finding the right attorney, you spend a lot of resources and waste a lot of time. This article gives you tips on the qualities that you should look for in finding a reliable attorney.
Specialization. The ideal firm must have specialization on family law. They should be well conversant with such agreements like prenuptial, child custody issues, cohabitations agreements and taxation. They should also be conversant with any latest amendments of the relevant legislation. The lawyers chosen must be well conversant with the court process and if possible personally know judges in these courts.
Experience. It is important to inquire about the experience of the chosen lawyer so that you evaluate whether they are competent and well qualified to handle your case. In this regard, it is important to check the admission date to verify whether what they are saying about their experience is true. If the information they give is contrary to what is existing in admission register, you should stop further engagements with them.
Substitutes. It is important to select a firm that provides you with an alternative and equally experienced lawyer when the one serving you is on leave and committed elsewhere. You shouldn’t have your matter stagnate when your lawyers is not in.
It is important to firstly talk to your appointed lawyer on cell-phone before meeting them at their office. This helps you to evaluate their tone which will assist you whether they are approachable or not. If they sound rude and harsh, you should not continue with them. Always remember first impressions matter.
Recommendations. It is important to ask people who have had experience with such lawyers to give you referrals. Get information about these lawyers from the people you rely on.
Charges. It is important to compare your lawyer’s fees with other family law firms. The fee must not be unreasonably high to drain you financially. But it important to note that the most important aspect of your attorney is their ability to handle your matter competently and fast. Having a cheaper lawyer does not mean that you will get the best service.
Financial issues. A competent lawyer must be able to read and interpret simple financial statements. They should avoid hiring professionals on simple matters like balance sheets. Lawyers who cannot interpret simple financial statements are not competent enough to handle your matter because you will spend a lot in hiring professionals.