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What should you ask an attorney before hiring them? (PART 2)

In our last post we started talking about the questions you should ask an attorney before hiring them. It’s important to interview a few attorneys in order to find the one that is the best fit for you. After asking the attorney the finance-related questions, it’s also good to find out about how they handle legal cases and their experience overall.

Ask some of the basic questions, such as how long they have been practicing, how many cases they have tried, and what percentage of their practice is devoted to divorce and family law issues. It’s also important to know whether they know the judges in your county and are familiar with the court system. You may also want to know what the attorney’s attitude is toward mediation and negotiations.

It’s also good to find out if they tend to represent more men or women. That can be important in terms of making your decision. It’s a good idea to let them know if you have any unusual issues pertaining to your divorce because the attorney may not be comfortable representing you on those issues.

Response time is also a big issue for some people. You may want to ask the attorney about how quickly they respond to emails or phone calls and whether or not there will be assistants working on the case. If there are, you may want to find out how you will be billed for their time.

These questions may seem very detailed but they are important questions to ask so you feel confident that the attorney will stand by your side and do his or her best to help you through the divorce.

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