So, it looks like you’re going to have to go to court to deal with a family law issue. Among the very first questions you will need to answer is who the right attorney for your case is. How do you know if any given lawyer is any good? How do you know that any given lawyer is going to have the right approach for your case?
The good news is, unless you have to be in court first thing in the morning, you probably have a little bit of time to be deliberate in the selection process. Many attorneys offer free consultations, which will allow you to speak with multiple attorneys and pick the one you believe is best for your case.
Taking a little bit of time to find the best attorney at the beginning of the process can make a big difference in how you think, feel, and react throughout the process. The right attorney will listen to you, understand your goals, and develop a strategy for how to best achieve them. The right attorney will be honest with you if your goals are unrealistically high, and will tell you if you are selling yourself short. The right attorney will advise you, show empathy, and fight for your rights while providing top-notch legal representation. But most importantly, the right attorney will “feel” like the right choice, and connect with you on a professional level.
The first step in the process is to take a look at the basic factors for evaluating potential lawyers. Here are a few things to consider as you research potential lawyers.