When you face a divorce it is a very trying time. High emotions, high conflict, fear and confusion often accompany the many feelings associated with going through a divorce. During this time very few people actually want to have to hire a lawyer. Thus, from the start there is some contention and some apprehension with working with a lawyer. Here are some questions you should ask yourself and the attorney before you make a decision to hire a divorce lawyer:
1. What does your gut tell you? If you meet with an attorney and have a negative “gut” reaction it’s probably not a good fit and won’t get better. There is a reason why you were apprehensive. There are many lawyers available to look around before you make that very important decision.
2. How do you bill? Ask the lawyer how they bill. Do they charge for every email, regardless of how long? Do they charge for every phone call, regardless of how long? This is important because you need to make sure that you have enough information during the case to make informed decisions. If your attorney bills you nonstop for all communications then you’ll quickly find yourself not wanting to talk to the very person who could help you resolve your conflict. Instead, look for attorneys who will use “common sense.” Our firm utilizes the simple fee guarantee where we cap the billing for certain communications so that our clients never feel that pinch of needing to talk but not being able to talk.
3. How long have you practiced? It goes without saying that newer lawyers often are at a disadvantage when it comes to handling complex issues. Our firm has over 20 years of experience in representing families throughout New Mexico involving all sorts of family law matters. You need someone who can think through all aspects of your case, including those issues that you aren’t even aware of!
4. What is your plan? Lawyers who simply say “file a motion” or go to “trial” are not the kind of lawyer you need on a complex family law case. Too often people are frustrated with attorneys because they just “spray and pray.” This means that they throw everything out there and hope that something sticks. Instead you should look for an attorney who will develop a plan of action that includes the court, as well as non court options. Consider settlement. Consider other ways to accomplish your long term goals. This is what is really at the heart of handling a family law matter. Look at all angles and all options and proceed with a game plan.
These are just a few of the questions you should ask yourself and the attorneys you are interviewing for your divorce matter. The issues you face are life changing. Make sure you don’t compound the problems by choosing an attorney who doesn’t meet your expectations. For more information on our divorce attorneys contact us at info@JusticeLegalGroup.com or call us at 505-880-8737.