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How To Find The Best Divorce Lawyer For You

How do you find the best divorce lawyer for you? Notice I didn't ask how do you find the best divorce lawyer. Just like no two people are exactly alike, no two divorce cases or divorce clients are exactly alike. Finding the right divorce lawyer for you is much like choosing which car to buy or which home to purchase -one size does not fit all. The relationship between an attorney and a client is both a business relationship as well as a personal one. Most divorce attorneys can competently handle most typical divorce cases, but be sure to understand their fee structure and their experience in handling cases similar to yours. Determine whether the lawyer is a divorce attorney or an attorney who occasionally handles divorce cases. There is a huge difference between the two. Familiarity with divorce law and divorce judges can make a world of difference. Make sure you share a common approach to handling your case. This is where a breakdown in the relationship can often occur. A client may wish to take an aggressive approach, but the attorney may be predisposed to having a softer touch or wish to attempt a collaborative method to dealing with the case. Make sure during your initial consultation that you both share a common game plan for the strategy of the case. 

If you don't, you're bound to be disappointed. Also be sure that you connect on a personal level. This is particularly important in divorce cases where attorney-client communication can be a daily occurrence. If you don't feel that you can effectively communicate with your lawyer (who is both your advocate as well as your mouthpiece in court) then you are setting yourself up for failure. Attorneys understand this as well. During an initial consultation, I am interviewing the client as much as they are interviewing me. If I do not feel we would be a good match, then I decline the case. There is simply no point in accepting a case that I know will result in an unhappy client as well as an unhappy attorney. For a client to avoid these problems, they need to do their homework. During the initial consultation, take time to consider whether there is a good business and personal match. Talk to friends for recommendations, and research the attorneys on the internet. When researching, be sure to consider the source. Martindale-Hubbell provides attorney ratings as determined by other attorneys. AVVO offers lawyer ratings based upon a calculation of a lawyer's experience, reputation in the community, and also provides reviews of that lawyer from former clients. Just like buying a car or a house, the more research you do when considering which lawyer to hire increases your chances of finding the best divorce lawyer for you.

-MJG

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I really appreciate this information on how to find the best divorce lawyer. I like that you point out that no two people are the same, so it is important to find a lawyer that caters to your specific needs. I bet that could be accomplished by asking the right questions and seeing what they specialize in. Thanks for the information!

This is some great information, and I appreciate your suggestion to find a divorce attorney that you can build a good relationship with. I'm about to start the divorce process, and I need to find a good lawyer to guide me through it. I'll definitely look for someone who I can communicate well with and build a relationship for the best results. Thanks for the great post!

Thanks for this helpful post on finding a good divorce attorney. I like what you mentioned about how no two divorce cases are the same. My brother is going through a pretty difficult divorce, and I would like for him to find an attorney that is really a good match for him and his case. I like what you said about how if you're not on the same page with strategy, then it should be a bad sign. Thanks for the help, I hope my brother finds a good attorney.

Thanks for this helpful post on finding the best divorce lawyer for you. My brother is going through a rough divorce right now, and he is probably going to need to hire an attorney. I really like what you said about how the relationship between a lawyer and their client is both a business relationship and a personal one. I think that my brother will be super sensitive and emotional during this entire process, so having an attorney that can help him with those things would be a huge help. I hope we can find a good attorney for my brother, thanks for the help!

This is some great information, and I appreciate your suggestion to find a divorce lawyer you can have a good relationship with. My husband and I are going to be getting a divorce, and I have absolutely no experience with a situation like this, so I need to find a good attorney. I'll definitely look for someone who I can communicate easily with and build a personal relationship with. Thanks for the great post!

If you want to find a lawyer that you connect with, it would be a good idea to do your research. That way you can find the best lawyer in your area. You can read reviews, check their websites, meet in person, and more. Then you can decide which lawyer will be best for you and your case!

Thank you for providing this information about how to find a good divorce lawyer. It is good to know that connecting on a personal level with the selected attorney is important. It would also be a good idea to choose someone who is experienced and has dealt with cases like yours before.

I love the opening couple of sentences in this article. It's true that no two people are alike, so while a lawyer may work well with one person, they might not do well for another. From this, I understand that I'll have to really personalize my search for a good attorney and find what is best for me. It will probably help to write down the things that I am specifically looking for.

I appreciate this information provided about finding the right divorce lawyer. It is good to know that not all divorce attorneys are alike. It would be best to find if they are certified and experienced. Something else to think about would be to find someone local to make meetings more convenient.

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