When you have a family problem that needs to be resolved through a legal process, you will need to work with family lawyers. Choosing the right lawyer can seem complicated if you have never undertaken the task before. Here are five things that you should look for if you want to be certain that you have found the best lawyer for your situation.
How much dedicated experience do they have?
There are lots of lawyers available, but family law is distinct from other branches of law, and what you really need is to find family lawyers with relevant experience. It is always worth asking a lawyer when they were qualified, but a more relevant question may be, 'When did you decide to focus on family law?' What you really want to know is whether the experience which the lawyer has is relevant to cases like yours and if they have been able to help people in your situation.
Will they undertake the work themselves?
There is nothing wrong with family lawyers delegating routine work to their juniors, but you will want to ensure that it is possible for you to contact your lawyer when you need to speak with them. You must know that they are taking an active interest in your case and not leaving all of the work to other people.
Do they hold any accreditation?
Good family lawyers will usually be accredited by a recognised organisation. Accreditation will require the demonstration of a degree of relevant experience and knowledge, so family lawyers who have taken the time to earn an accreditation will always be a good choice for your case.
What do they usually suggest?
Every situation is different, but not every family law case has to end up in the courts. Find out whether the lawyer you want to hire is supportive of collaboration or mediation as a way of resolving differences or whether they push for every case to go to court. An out-of-court solution is generally quicker and less acrimonious for all involved, so it should normally be the preferred option if it is at all possible.
How do they bill?
No-one can tell you the final cost at the start of the process, but what you should be able to do is work out which firm of family lawyers is likely to give you the best value for your money. Ask about their hourly rates for working on the case. Find out what their costs are for writing letters, making photocopies and so on. This will give you a good idea of which firm will provide the greatest value.Share