Common Mistakes People Make When Choosing a Family Lawyer

Teresa C. Ciccone |

Common Mistakes People Make When Choosing a Family Lawyer

Whether you are going through a tough divorce, or a child custody battle, or want to divide and equalize your property after a divorce, seeking the help of a lawyer to tackle a legal matter is the best way to ensure your interests are protected. These difficult situations require the expertise of a lawyer who has a strong understanding of the laws in these areas and has significant experience in assisting similar cases.

Although hiring a lawyer seems to be a no-brainer, choosing the right lawyer is a difficult decision to make. When dealing with tough emotional situations, people tend to make common mistakes and end up selecting a family law lawyer who may not be able to advocate aggressively.

To help you steer clear of making such errors, here's a list of the two most common mistakes to avoid when choosing a family lawyer.

1. Asking the time and cost a divorce will take. A common mistake that people going through divorce litigation make is asking “how long will this divorce process take?” And “how much is this going to cost?” The truth is, no lawyer can honestly answer either question with any certainty. What is essential is that you have a skilled lawyer who keeps you updated on every step involved in your case and on the costs associated with each.

2. Listening to friends and family. Another mistake people seeking a divorce make is listening to friends, family, and Google about how their case is likely to play out. Do yourself a favor and sit down with a lawyer who specializes in family law for an initial consultation, get a feel for them, their knowledge, advice and most importantly, your gut feeling. Is this a person you have a good rapport with? Someone, who you feel understands your situation in its entirety? Someone, you get a good feeling about? Someone who shares your morals and values?

Remember, your lawyer will be your legal mouthpiece until your case is resolved and the bond between you two is an important one. You do not have to retain the lawyer you consult, but the meeting is confidential and the legal advice is essential.

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