If you are getting a divorce, one of the first steps you should take is securing the services of a knowledgeable and experienced family law attorney. If you have never hired an attorney before, this process might seem intimidating and you might not know where to begin. We compiled a list of questions you should ask prospective divorce attorneys to assist you in your quest for a divorce attorney who can help you smoothly navigate this process and protect your interests.
Ask These Questions Before Hiring a Divorce Attorney
There are many law firms and attorneys out there, but that does not necessarily mean they are all equally prepared to handle your case. No two divorces are alike, which is why you need to ask the right questions to ensure you make the right choice.
Below are some of the questions you should ask before hiring a divorce attorney:
- How much experience do you have practicing family law? Generally, when it comes to almost anything we do in life, there is no substitute for experience. An experienced and knowledgeable divorce attorney will know the opposing lawyers, the judges, and a deep understanding of the local rules, so make sure this is one of your first questions. You should also ask how much experience the attorney has in handling cases like yours, especially if yours deals with complex assets or other uniquely complicated legal issues.
- What is your caseload like at the moment? The attorney you speak to might be perfect for your case, but if he or she has a heavy caseload, you will not receive the attention you need. Make sure the attorney you are speaking to has the bandwidth to effectively represent you.
- How much do you charge? It is important to learn about the law firm’s billing structure, fees, and any other expenses. Additionally, although it would be impossible to provide an exact cost for your divorce, ask for an estimate. It will help you determine if you can afford their services.
- Do you expect my case to go through litigation? Not every divorce is destined for a courtroom drama, especially if you and your spouse are still on relatively amicable terms. Discussing strategy with a prospective divorce attorney will help you learn if you are on the same page.
Moreover, do not underestimate the importance of comfort. If you do not feel at ease while talking to a prospective attorney, you should explore other options. Divorce is a deeply personal matter, so choose someone you are comfortable communicating with.
Contact Our Compassionate Divorce Team Today!
If you are planning on getting a divorce, contact the family law team at Garza Law Firm, LLLP for the knowledgeable and compassionate advice and representation you deserve. Since 2011, our team has helped numerous clients navigate some of the most complex family law matters, including divorce. You can rely on us to get you through this difficult experience.
Contact our law office today at (214) 225-4344 to request a free one-hour consultation.