[Y]ou’ve decided to hire a child custody attorney. That decision is critical to your success. It might be the most important decision you make. You not only have to find a good one, you must find the right one and I ABSOLUTELY believe you should hire one and not represent yourself.
With listings filled with names, promises and other hyperbolic terms, how you figure out which one who understands (and has experience) with cases similar to yours?
To find the best custody attorney, it takes some legwork.
General Tips to Find the Best Custody Attorney
• Ask friends and family members about their first and second hand experiences.
• Seek advice from court clerks who know the attorneys.
• Inquire other parents-even those with whom you are not overly familiar about what has worked for them.
• The state bar can pass on referrals.
• Depending on where you live, some courts may maintain a network of attorneys that can help you sort through the confusion.
• Check and see if we list any attorneys in your area.
• Read Six Tips for Hiring a Child Custody Attorney.
Interviewing Tips to Find the Best Custody Attorney
• Your attorney should be approachable, as you will develop an intimate relationship with this professional.
• Does this attorney have experience with cases similar to yours?
• Ask about a fee schedule. Are they on retainer or work on a fee?
• Ask about a free consultation. Taking advantage of that can give you great insight into your attorney’s style and personality.
• Read 10 Questions You Should Ask Your Potential Attorney.
• Read Interviewing Custody Attorneys, 10 More Questions to Ask.
Check the Lawyer’s Reputation & Rating to Find the Best Custody Attorney
• Google your potential attorney and read the reviews.
• Read AVVO.com‘s review on your potential attorney.
And review your state’s attorney directory. That can tell you about any suspensions, unprofessional behavior, or official complaints the attorney might have had filed against her. You can follow all the guidelines listed above and still make a mistake. If you find the attorney doesn’t meet your needs, or is no longer effective in dealing with your case, fire her and begin a new search.
After all, you can’t risk working with the wrong person, you already did that once.
What suggestions would you make for finding an attorney?
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