When it comes to hiring a divorce lawyer you want to be carefully because this person is going to be representing you in court and helping set up your future. You should view this decision much in the same way you would for choosing a doctor or dentist, you want someone you can trust because they are going to represent you and ensure that your rights are protected.
The problem is that most people have never had to look for an attorney before, especially when talking about getting a divorce. It’s not like going to the doctor once a year. Most people will go through one divorce proceeding in their lifetime, so they don’t really know who to turn to represent them. If you are in this conundrum, here are some tips that can help you to pick a good divorce lawyer in Arizona.
There are literally thousands of attorneys in the state of Arizona. Although you will reduce the number when talking about only divorce attorneys, hundreds will still remain. This can make your quest for finding a good attorney a real challenge.
What you should do is ask people you trust, especially those who have been involved in a divorce proceeding. They are not only likely to have good suggestions for you, but they will also tell you who you should avoid. Make sure that you ask pointed questions e.g. what it is they liked about the attorney? What it is they may not have liked about the attorney? Get as much information as possible so you can make an informed decision.
While we understand you don’t want to offend any of your friends, it does not mean you should accept the first suggestion given to you. Get the names of at least four or five different attorneys to speak with. That means you may have to get a number of referrals from people you know.
It is also a good idea to look online and see who is receiving positive references. While you should take these with a grain of salt, it at least gives you some additional information. If you have been given the names of five attorneys, it makes sense to look and find what others are saying about them.
Witness an Attorney in Action
If you have a little time, go to a courthouse and watch the attorneys in action. The likelihood is that they will have some proceedings going on in the next four or five days and if you have a little time to spend in court, go and see how they handle themselves.
If nothing else, this will give you a better idea of what the divorce proceedings are going to be like. You may have watched a lot of television dramas that portray these kinds of proceedings, but there is honestly nothing like them when you are actually sitting viewing them.
Consult With the Attorney Before You Commit
During an initial meeting, you will be asked a number of questions related to the divorce, your marriage, and other matters that may be related to this proceeding. The attorney will explain to you what he or she can do for you, and this is your opportunity to see if the personalities of you and the attorney mesh well.
Consider that this is a person you are going to spend a great deal of time with. Not only will you be meeting on a number of occasions before appearing in court, but you will spend a lot of time sitting next to this person if you have a protracted divorce proceeding. If this is someone that you are unlikely to get along with, it’s going to make your relationship a sour one at best.
Learn About How Much and How They Charge Their Clients
The costs should always be important to you, no matter what kind of service you need. Clearly, you would like the very best attorney, but if you are unable to afford this then you need to be realistic about the person you are choosing.
Get a firm answer of exactly how much you will have to pay. Does the attorney have a set amount that they require to handle your case? Do they require a lump-sum retainer? Do they bill by the hour? You need to know these factors so that there are no surprises.
One of the things that can sour a relationship between you and your attorney is if you are unable to pay or if you feel like you are being gouged in some way. By getting a clear understanding of what you will pay and how it will be paid up-front, you leave out the possibility of a lot of uncomfortable conversations.
Determine What Kind of Attorney They Are
Lastly, find out what kind of person this attorney is. Are they aggressive in court? Do they seem like a shark? Are they more soft-spoken? Depending on what kind of attorney you are looking for, understanding their personality as well as their qualifications is an important factor.
Also, see what kind of caseload they have. A busy attorney likely tells you that this person is good, which is something you want. However, it may also tell you they don’t have enough time to dedicate to you. Find out this information so that you can make a better informed decision.
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