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Things to look out for when hiring a family lawyer

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017

Finding a good divorce lawyer can be very stressful experiences and may prove a daunting task and especially because at this time one is faced with so many other worries.

You will find that in most times the lawyer you hire will be representing you for several months, or even a year or more, therefore, finding the right lawyer can make stressful situations such as those involved in the divorce process a lot easier for you and your family. Below are some of the things to look out for when hiring a family lawyer:

Skill and Experience

Along with academic qualifications, one should hire a lawyer that knows the law and with many years of experience practising family law and be a specialist especially in cases similar to yours. This might be visible in the testimonials he/she provides. The longer and wider the experiences, the easier the process will be for the client.

Good Communication Skills

The lawyer will need to be a good listener, sensitive and understanding to your problems and feelings and thereafter clearly explain things to you regarding the case and provide realistic expectations. I f the case ends up in court; the lawyer also needs to be able to effectively communicate with the court and litigate passionately.

Availability

Your lawyer must be able and willing to give your case the attention it deserves as well as have the time and resources to deal with emergencies or sudden issues that come up in your case. It is unlikely that you will be your lawyer’s only client and therefore the one you opt for should have support and resources available to prepare your case in a timely manner, such as experienced paralegals, support lawyers, and legal assistants. For free consultation get in touch with Mirabellas.

Case-building skills

Each case depends heavily on how the lawyer builds it and which angle of the case the attorney chooses to draw light upon. The lawyer can settle the matter of allocation of assets through mediation and negotiation and when that is unsuccessful through a trial. The lawyer should have several backup plans and a complete idea of the entire scenario if the case, to manage the case.

Affordability

The lawyer you hire should have a billable hour that does not strain your pocket, and in addition, he or she should have a strategy to keep the action as cost-effective as possible.

Integrity

A family law lawyer should be honest with you about the strengths and weaknesses of your case. Having a lawyer who just tells you what you want to hear is not helpful and can be disastrous. The lawyer should be personable and trustworthy; someone you feel comfortable with and can question, safe in the knowledge you will receive honest and objective answers.

Empathetic 

The lawyer should be compassionate and sensitive to your needs and feelings, but firm when necessary in handling your affairs. He or she should be non-judgmental and open-minded to all matters concerning the case