Hiring an attorney can be a daunting task, especially when you are going to court over your children and everything you own. Below are some things to keep in mind when hiring an attorney. This is not an exhaustive list, but merely a started point.
- Take advantage of free consultations.
- Meet the attorney. Make sure it is someone that you can imagine talking to frequently for the next four-to-nine months, perhaps even longer.
- Bring a list of questions to make the most of your free consultation time.
- If your divorce, support or placement dispute case has already been started in court, bring copies of all of the relevant documents to your consultation so that the attorney can review them.
- Inquire about fees and ask for a fee agreement to review.
- Ask what percentage of the attorney’s practice is devoted to family law.
- Ask questions aimed at getting a sense of the attorney’s general approach – are you looking for someone to make your spouse miserable, or are you looking for someone with a more cooperative approach?