How to Choose the Right Divorce Lawyer for You
One of the most important steps you take early on in the divorce process is hiring your attorney. This can be an understandably difficult process — you have likely never hired an attorney before and may be feeling stressed out about the prospect of going through the divorce.
Fortunately, a good lawyer will be right by your side throughout the entire process, keeping you at ease as much as possible and ensuring the best possible outcome for you. Below are a few tips to help you find a divorce attorney who is perfect for you:
- Know what you’re looking for: If you’re hoping to get the divorce settled in mediation or in the form of a collaborative divorce, for example, you’re not going to necessarily need an attorney who focuses on trial divorces and divorce litigation. The opposite is true as well — if you know you’re going to have a contentious divorce that is likely to end up going to trial, you should seek a divorce trial attorney rather than one who only works on out-of-court settlements.
- Cast a wide net: There are plenty of divorce attorneys to choose from, so you don’t necessarily have to hire the first attorney you come across. Cast a wide net to start, slowly narrowing down your search to a few top prospects you can then more closely research and question as needed.
- Talk to the attorney: Interview the attorneys to learn more about them. Ask about their experience and specializations within their practice area, ask about the typical clients they represent, their fees, the way they go about business and who you will be working with. Learn as much as you can about the attorneys directly from them, as well as from various reviews and testimonials online.
- Be on the lookout for warning signs: There are some red flags that can indicate an attorney is not right for you. Your attorney should be ethical, professional and reliable, and should be able to make the time for you when needed. You need someone who will put you at ease during this stressful time, not someone who will ignore you and your case.
To get the assistance and guidance you need on all aspects of the divorce process, speak with a dedicated Long Island family law attorney at Bryan L. Salamone & Associates today.