5 Things to Look for in a Family Lawyer


by Contributor

Image: geralt, Pixabay, License

(Jan. 17, 2020) — Do you think that you need to hire a family lawyer? If so, you should do some research to make sure you find the right one for you. After all, family lawyers deal with very sensitive subjects, including divorce, adoption and paternity issues, which can all be very stressful. The right lawyer will make the journey easier and more pleasant, while the wrong lawyer can create added complications and stress.

Here are five things you should look for if you are hiring a family lawyer.

They Have Specific Experience That Suits Your Needs

There are lots of different fields within family law, so you should look for family lawyers who have specific experience that suits your needs. For instance, if you are getting a divorce, look for a lawyer who has at least five years of divorce experience, and if you are hoping to adopt, look for an adoption lawyer. This means that the lawyer will have the relevant skills to help you so you are more likely to be happy with the final outcome.

They Have Relevant Recommendations

Once you have found a lawyer with relevant experience, you should check their recommendations. It can be tempting to just assume the lawyer has enough experience, but their idea of a high success rate might be different to your own. So ask for a list of recommendations, and if the lawyer seems hesitant to provide one, take it as a red flag and move on. Remember that a highly qualified lawyer will be more than happy to provide a list of references, especially if they have a high success rate!

They Work Locally

It can also be useful to find a family lawyer who lives close to you, especially if you will be in regular contact. Sure, Skype meetings are always an option, but if you need to go over documents or sign papers, it is much easier to meet your lawyer in person. So look for local lawyers, and ask about their availability before hiring them — if they have lots of cases or travel regularly, they may not be able to meet you often, which could cause problems farther down the line.

Their Fees Suit Your Budget

It is also essential to find a family lawyer who suits your budget. Hourly rates for lawyers can vary massively, and some are very pricey. You may want to go for an ultra-expensive lawyer if they have a very high success rate, but remember that you could be working with them for months or even years — and the win won’t feel great if you have accumulated tens of thousands in debt. So find a lawyer who suits both your needs AND your budget, and you are less likely to encounter financial problems in the future.

They Make You Feel Comfortable

Finally, you should find a lawyer who makes you feel comfortable. Your lawyer will be your partner throughout the case, and you may need to talk to them about issues that are private or embarrassing.  If the lawyer doesn’t understand the issues or your emotions it can be very stressful and upsetting, so try to find someone who you like and respect.

One Response to "5 Things to Look for in a Family Lawyer"

  1. charles walk   Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 3:36 PM

    I thought that it was helpful when you mentioned that we should choose a family lawyer who lives close to us, so we could stay in regular contact with them during the case. We are looking for a lawyer to help us gain custody over my son through our divorce, and it will be important for us to know that we could find the best one to help us. When we look for one, I will be sure to consider their location.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.