What to Look For in a Divorce Lawyer - How to Choose Wisely

With the changes in family law over the last 30 years, including the adoption of fairer distribution to the place of the old common rules, the adoption of laws on the protection of military spouses, and the adoption of support guidelines and Various local rules announced within the various circuits, in the field of separation and divorce has been far too complicated and special for someone who specializes in these types of cases not regularly handle. It saddens us when customers come to us, with poorly worked out separation agreements and/or decrees that other inexperienced lawyers have worked on. Just as it is better to have an attempt at winning than a major complaint problem, it is much better to have the right lawyer who will be there right the first time, than to have someone to pay to make problems due to mistakes made in the first place. Sometimes the errors are very costly and can not be fixed, as shown in the series of articles I wrote for the Family Law News, a peer review publication of the Virginia State Bar, section of family law, entitled "Expensive mistakes in the Multi-level military divorce; Or a military woman of the history of suffering ", which will be published in autumn 2007 and in spring 2008 editions of the publication.

The series of articles outlined the legal authorities, strategy and procedural issues we have successfully defended a military retiree who was a veteran of the Vietnam War. His ex-wife tried to pay half of his military retirement and to get spousal support here in Virginia, although she divorced him six years earlier in Hawaii. While we are always happy to achieve a successful result for our customers, it did us sorry for the ex-wife who had received poor legal advice from HR attorney in the original divorce action in Hawaii, advising that to bad Decisions that lead the court in Virginia to tie them permanently found. In the ruling for us in the case, the judge told the ex-wife that instead of suing her ex-husband, they show according to the lawyer in Hawaii, who should represent her in the divorce.

So how do you go about finding a good lawyer divorce? Here are a few suggestions:

# 1-Ask a lawyer,

If you know a lawyer, ask him for a referral to a good lawyer divorce. He or she will probably know someone or several someones who devote a large part of the practice of law to separation and divorce and the related issues. I have for example the handling, separation and divorce for 30 years and have an excellent reputation among the local legal community. Any divorce attorney worth his/her salt have built a reputation among the other lawyers. Lawyers know in general, which is good for a particular type of case; You know who you would see when you were confronted, separation and divorce.

# 2-Yellow Pages/Internet

While not a great source of information, the Yellow Pages and Internet can be a top source of attorney names. Lawyers who mention not separation, divorce, military, divorce, and related areas such as the protection and Support or department of real estate, are not looking for cases in these areas and certainly not a significant part of the practice in these Areas. Suspicious of ads, a laundry list of everything under the sun will be included. Remember the old adage, "an all-rounder and master of none"? Wouldn't you rather have someone who takes the time to focus at least a significant amount of time for the family right, as someone who perhaps dedicates 3% of his/her practice to family law? Remember, not everyone in the Yellow pages advertises or haw a website or Internet presence. For example, there are more phone numbers out there than lawyer ads in the Yellow pages.

# 3: Virginia Attorney recommendation service

The Virginia Attorney recommendation service is operated by the Virginia State Bar. Lawyers need to get questions on the list and must agree on a fixed fee for a first interview. A lawyer can be listed under each category he/she asks. The names are on a rotating list and the consumer, contact the service. Again, not all lawyers are listed. We are not listed with the recommendation service. This resource may be the name of a lawyer who is looking for family law cases. This does not mean that the lawyer is an expert on these types of cases or that he/she is experienced. It means that he or she will make the divorce cases. Make sure that you take the questions I have here to speak to the lawyer interview.

# 4-talk to more than one lawyer

In fact, interview several lawyers. Any lawyer who would otherwise ask separation and divorce in the area of grips. If you do not give them names, leave the office when they name on different lists of recommendations, chances are well that the lawyer does these cases on a regular basis.

# 5-Use a checklist

I have explained factors that you should consider if you have a divorce lawyer.

A. In experience. The longer you practice a particular area of the law became, the more you know. There is an old adage that says a good lawyer knows the law and a great jurist knows the judge! What is the difference between a good lawyer and a big lawyer? Experience.

B. In experience, try cases. Did he/she achieve any test success for his/her customers? Can the lawyer reflect on case results or client testimonial his skills?

C. Are you willing to agree if it is appropriate to do so? Try lawyers sometimes suffer from an employee rifle mentality. They like the thrill of trying to reach cases and cannot with other options, such as mediation or arbitration resolution. Most good divorce lawyers may not take this approach, but see try as a last resort if other options have failed to speed up a fair solution. Unlike other areas of law, family law often requires persistent relationships and therefore requires a different perspective. I recently read an article by a personal injury lawyer who was writing on how to be a body injury lawyer from. He did not say to a lawyer who sets a lot of cases to choose. When it comes to separation and divorce, I think it is important to try to reach an agreement if you can.
       
About family Law, court, unless she's like having a sledgehammer on a flea problem. You can kill a few fleas, but they do many damage to the structure of the house, too. If the individuals are arranging their own cases outside the court, they can be much more creative than the court would in designing a solution that is fair to both sides. Sometimes an agreement is not possible. If that's the case, you want an experienced location divorce lawyer who can advocate for your position in court and has a proven track record.

D. In the legal community. What are other lawyers saying about this lawyer? Did the lawyer confers or teach? Did he/she teach other lawyers?

E. In publications. Did he/she write anything that was accepted for publication in legal journals? Again, this is a sign of respect for the lawyer and for his/her skills and experience. Has he/she written or published anything designed to educate the public about their rights and obligations under the law?

F. Affiliations and memberships. What professional connections do not have the power of attorney? Is he/she a member of the family right section of the Virginia State Bar Association? A member of the Virginia sample lawyers? Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial lawyers?

G. Does the lawyer limit the number of cases he/she undertakes? We do not take you any case of taking in or walking calls through the door. We limit the number of cases we undertake to handle at any given time, so we have a focus on doing the best job for the clients.

H. In the contexts.

1. How was the phone answered when you called for an appointment?

2. How were you greeted when you entered the office? Were you refreshments offered?

3. Did the lawyer and employee listen to you? Are you sure? Could you say you heard?

4. Were you interrupted with the lawyer during your time?

5. Does the lawyer have written agreements to define the parameters of the presentation and the Financial regulations?

6. One of the most important aspects in choosing a lawyer is the relationship aspect: you need to be able to work effectively and conveniently with your attorney. The relationship requires intimacy and trust. Do you feel comfortable with the lawyer?

7. Have you been introduced to employees?

8. How long does the lawyer keep files on closed cases? What happens to the closed file? How are they disposed of? What steps does the lawyer take to protect your confidential information?

I why does he/she practice divorce law? Friends and colleagues consider me crazy to devote so much time to separation and divorce law. You may be right, I can only be a little crazy. But as the title says, "It can only be a maniac you are looking for." When interrogating a possible divorce lawyer make sure you ask him/her why you practice family law. Does the lawyer have a life experience that allows him to become a lawyer for divorce clients with real passion? Is that passion something that reflects in client testimonials?

J. Costs. Unlike violations of practice, the best divorce lawyers do not offer "free" consultations. You will notice that cost is the last one on the list. From our experience, the best divorce lawyers are usually not the cheapest. In the long run, what is it worth to get them or their fair share of the assets that have accumulated over the course of their lives? What is it worth to you to ensure that you keep your fair share of time with your children? Some things are worth fighting and worth the price you have to pay.

If your lawyer does not dedicate a substantial part of his/her practice to family law, has never tried the disputed divorce, never has a contested custody case or who has never tried a fair distribution case trying to or a qualified Domestic relations around subdivision of a pension, or that has no experience in military divorce and has never paid a military retirement to pay for, you might want to choose another lawyer for your separation and divorce.