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How to Choose a Divorce Attorney

Sep 17, 2008
When you are getting divorced or are about to get divorced, it's very important that your best interests are protected. For this reason, you may decide to hire a divorce attorney to represent you in the court case. How do you know which attorney to hire? Well, there are several different things you want to look at before hiring any attorney so that you can be sure that he or she will protect you to the best of their ability. Here are some important tips on how to choose a divorce attorney.

Get Recommendations -

If you know someone else who has gone through a divorce, you can ask for names of attorneys that they used. Of course, if possible you want to get some information on how the lawyer worked for them and what the result of the court case was. Many times, this is the best way to obtain a lawyer because you're able to get inside information on how the lawyer performs, what sort of price he charges and how the court case turned out. You can ask your friends, family, business associates or other people that you're close to. This is a great way to find a competent divorce attorney to represent you in your divorce case.

Ask about the Attorney's Wins and Losses -

While every attorney will not win EVERY one of his or her cases, it stands to reason that you want an attorney who has had more wins than losses. It's perfectly acceptable to ask an attorney about their previous cases as far as wins or losses, in fact - you should absolutely ask them. This will help you determine whether or not you want to hire them. The best idea is to speak to a few attorneys that you're interested in and compare information so that you can find the best one out of the bunch.

Are You Comfortable Talking with the Attorney?

If you do speak with a few different attorneys, it's important to consider how comfortable you feel speaking to them. An attorney can only best represent you when you are comfortable with them and feel perfectly comfortable talking to them about the relationship and the things that transpired in the relationship. Again, compare your instincts and feelings about the attorneys you speak to so that you will know which one is right for you.

Ask about the Prices -

Of course, the biggie is the price the attorney charges. You need to ask about prices with each of the divorce attorneys you speak with in order to determine the best value. Also, ask them if there are any 'hidden fees' or if you will only be paying the price they have quoted you over the telephone or during your consultation. This is important because many times, attorneys will tack on fees that you didn't know you would be charged. This can turn out to be a real pain, so make sure you ask this question.

When you consider each of the points above, you will be able to choose a divorce attorney that you will feel comfortable with and that will fight for you to the best of his or her ability in the divorce. Good luck.
About the Author
Danielle L. Taylor is the author and editor for Xstilla.com one of the most active divorce support communities in the Web. To learn more about divorce, child support, dating or to discuss your problem with understanding members of the community visit Xstilla.com!
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