Key Questions to Ask Your Potential Divorce Attorney
Perhaps the most important early step of your divorce process is choosing an attorney to represent you in the coming months. There are going to be plenty of options out there in the field of divorce and family law, so it’s important you do your homework and find an attorney with whom you are completely comfortable in this emotional, personal process.
You should keep in mind that family law is a very broad area of law, and that even within the field of divorce there are numerous sub-practice areas that an attorney may or may not have experience in. Therefore, it’s important you consider an attorney’s background, training and skills carefully and weigh them alongside what you know your needs will be in your case.
Once you begin actually reaching out to potential attorneys, the following are some examples of questions you can ask them to determine if they might be a good fit for you:
- Do you focus on divorce law, or are divorces just a part of your practice?
- How long have you been practicing family and divorce law? How many cases do you handle in a given year, or at once?
- What is the best method for resolving my case, and how long do you expect it to take?
- How long does it take for you to return phone calls or respond to emails?
- Will I always be working with you directly, or will someone else at your office be working on my case and be my main point of contact?
- How will you charge me for your services? Do you have an hourly rate, and do you have extra cots for paralegal or secretary services?
- What additional costs outside of attorney’s fees do you expect will be involved with my case, and how will those costs be charged?
- Do you have experience in divorce litigation if needed?
- What will be the tax and financial impacts of the divorce-related decisions I will need to make?
If you have questions about the divorce process, contact a knowledgeable Long Island family law attorney with Bryan L. Salamone & Associates.