3 Important Things to Consider When Choosing A Divorce Lawyer

If you read this article, you are having my condolences. You are probably either using file for divorce or you have just been served with divorce papers. Divorce is an emotional and extremely stressful time in a person's life, regardless of whether she or she stops responding when they are with the end of their marriage. During this time, people often betray their true character. People are idiots will be even bigger idiots because a former is excited now the enemy. In some cases, the person you thought you married will be a completely stranger, mischievous things you never considered possible. The saying that "hell has no rage like a woman (or man!) Despised, "true in the divorce frame holds. An abandoned mistress is at all that much more jilted if you lose about half of your house and pension. And so, with the battle lines drawn, if you decide your legal master, you should consider the following three factors:

1. Communication is the key to

You will probably be on an emotional roller coaster for the duration of the procedure, so it is important that you find a lawyer with whom you can comfortably communicate your emotions and express your feelings. (aside-don't let your lawyer use it as a therapist! It's much cheaper to use a counselor.) Many people prefer a male or female lawyer for any reason whatsoever. Some people prefer to have their lawyer a sex or another or a certain type of behavior, whether they be aggressive or conservative. It is important that you have a sense of relationship with your lawyer and be able to communicate with your attorney. With the battle metaphor from above, what do you mean by a "warrior" when he attacks the wrong target or leaves your important questions undefended? You must not only be able to communicate, but also the lawyer must be able to hear what you get from the procedure and be able to reply to you. A good lawyer will listen to you and help you have reasonable expectations about the resolution of the questions and (hopefully) the entire case. Communication is not only the orders of customers (or the contrary-the lawyer, the client, how the case will unfold). If every lawyer blindly followed orders from their customers, the courts would be even more crowded than it is now. So true the communication between attorney and client is paramount. Similarly, if your lawyer doesn't have your calls and you still have money left in your holder, that can be a sign that communication is a problem.

2. Experience is important

At the risk of being exhausted, it is likely that your lawyer went to law school to become rich than to help others. Most of my original Lawschool classmates don't drive fancy cars, mostly because it snowed heavily, where I originally took law school and a jeep or other 4 vehicle was the practical choice. When I went down to Southern California law School to finish, I was shocked to see a large number of Mercedes and BMW in student dormitories parking spaces, driven by children who still have an honest day in their lives working. They had access to money and had to maintain a very expensive lifestyle once they were admitted by Dole to their parents. Not a few young lawyers hang their own shingles after passing the bar and set their hourly rate at $250 or more. It's a little speculation to say, but I would guess that you're just playing a trust game and that you're away with it because customers in most cases don't know how to tell you how to be a lawyer. Well, here's a litmus test. In California, the lower is the bar, the older the lawyer (in "bar" years). At the time of this writing, paying bar for new California lawyers is in the 270,000 (more than 40,000 California lawyers have entered the profession since I was minted). In other words, you have a 20% chance of hiring a lawyer out there on the market who's at his job 5 years or less! In other words, consider how long you have at your job and how well you do it. Lawyering is a complicated task that has many different skills. Accordingly, it takes some time to develop good lawyering skills. Should you become blunt and ask your lawyer how many cases of your particular type or with your particular problems you have dealt with. Another word for a generalist is someone who has done a lot of things once or twice. Compare this to someone who confines his cases to a particular area of law. When interrogating a lawyer, not to be misled with puffing like, "I have never been lost in trying." The logical thing to ask is: "How many contested studies have you made?" How many divorce cases you have worked from start to finish? How many domestic violence restraining injunctions have you defended? or brought? Experience and costs usually go hand in hand. If your lawyer is charging you $300 or $400 per hour, you better have had the quality of time in the trenches to secure your proud price.

3. Price is always a factor

Hourly rate of your lawyer should be a function of experience and ability, and not the desire of your power of attorney for the latest sports car. Once you have determined the qualification level of your lawyer (even as a layman you should be able to appreciate your common sense to use your lawyer's experience and skills), you should ask yourself if the attorney's hourly rate is in Consistent with other lawyers of similar skill and experience. A beginner will give you $150 per hour, but can be loaded for you for your learning curve. A simple move to force, for example, should not be 40 hours of research and drawing creation. Granted, your new take twice as long to do something as a lawyer who charges $300 per hour, so you might think that you're damned if you do and damn if you don't, and you wind up paying the same fees for essentially the Same "product." This is not true, however, because if the settlement was roughly out of line, (i.e., a reasonable and reasonably competent attorney would have spent half the time), then you have some justification in disputing the bill. You should not pay for something that is clearly within the framework of the learning curve of the lawyer.

In general, however, the more experienced lawyers spend their time more efficiently than the less experienced lawyers. In order for your $400 per hour attorney (if you have yourself that you rationally load such a rate) should be clear (not easily satisfied) more efficiently than your new lawyer, etc. It is up to you where you are on the continuum of experience compared to the cost. Mid-career lawyers are probably the sweet spot in the curve for consumers, because they may not have to cover their charging suitcases so high and they certainly know the ropes. In Southern California, it is not uncommon to see veteran family law specialists charging $500 or $600 per hour. (aside-I once saw a family right specialist, $800 per hour charged. I almost fainted... then almost fainted again when I heard that his client had paid $50,000 and the divorce was only off!) With newbies likely to charge your time at $200 per hour and the old guard of the specialists of maybe $600 per hour, an experienced "Journeyman" lawyer of 10 or so years, who you bill may be around $300 per hour could be a wise and frugal way Relationship to the force to bring... or, better said, your bank account and still get competent help.

As another aside, flat rate arrangements/unbundled services may be a way to cut the cost of law enforcement, but you should understand that you are just someone for "chord" and not full representation. You should stay on the steering wheel when your "ship" needs to change course or some kinks in case, like an ex-parte hearing. They are still and are just outsourcing certain tasks.

If possible, see if you can get your lawyer's peg on an estimate of what your case is likely to cost. There are no guarantees because the other side could do something out of the left field, but an experienced lawyer should be able to drop an area in which is expected.

Of course, as the client, you would probably have some control over the cost that you would either approve or reject, of a significant discovery undertaking or hiring certain experts. Do you want to make every last stone or only those who are big enough to hide something under? The level of investigation and court proceedings can add significant costs to your costs. A cost/benefit analysis could be done with your attorney to assess the risk/reward and need for a particular measure.


The three factors mentioned above, the opportunity to communicate from you and your lawyer, the experience of your attorney, and the cost of legal services, are three important things to consider when you are legal representation. Each person has their own preferences, as a person communicating more highy than experience and cost value. For many people, the price is definitely an object, and they are willing to settle for less in terms of the other two factors. I personally would not agree on communication. There are enough lawyers out there, so you can probably find with similar cost and experience profiles. Once you have decided on the cost-/competen factors, the communication does not cost anything extra, so it makes sense to find the lawyer with whom you can really work and with whom you communicate, all other factors are equal.