When you married your spouse, you were certain that you had found the right partner for you. Now, your marriage feels like a sinking ship, and you are ready to jump into a life boat. You know that your next step is to hire an attorney. Not just any attorney, but a good one. However, what does that mean? How do you find the right attorney? Will you know when you meet the “one”?
While these questions may sound a little strange, most people do not have a strategy in place when they begin to search for a divorce attorney. Tragically people sometimes do not even put much thought into how to go about hiring an attorney. Rather they rely solely on a recommendation from a friend or family member. Alternatively, they go to the only attorney that they know, like the attorney that prepared their will. Both of these common ways that people go about finding a divorce attorney can be problematic. So before you hire an attorney, you need to ask yourself three questions:
- Does this attorney focus a large area of his or her practice on divorce? You are hiring an attorney to represent you in your divorce, so the attorney you hire needs to be experienced handling divorce cases. Just like you would not want to be the first surgery ever completed by a surgeon, you do not want to hire a divorce attorney who has never handled a divorce case. Plain and simple, experience matters. This means, even if you liked the attorney that drafted your will, take a pass if he or she does not regularly handle divorce cases.
- Have you had a researched this attorney? Before hiring an attorney, you need to do your homework. A referral from a friend or family is a good starting point, but it should not be the end of your research. It is imperative that you meet with an attorney before you hire him or her. You can learn a lot about an attorney during a face-to-face consultation. First, you get an idea as to how the attorney conducts business. During a consultation, you will have the opportunity to meet his or her staff, who would also be working on your case. Second, you can gauge how interested this attorney seems in your case. Does he or she listen to your concerns and make you feel heard? It is important to find an attorney that can communicate well with you.
- Is your overall impression of this attorney positive? After meeting with an attorney, you should have a feeling about whether he or she seems like a fit. Trust your gut! Remember, you will be meeting with and talking to your attorney frequently for several months to well over a year, depending on how long it takes to complete your case. Therefore, it is important to choose someone whom you can trust to take your case seriously.
A divorce is a difficult time in a person’s life. That is why it is so important that if you are contemplating filing for divorce, that you find the right Oklahoma Family Law Attorney for you. You need an attorney that you trust, to be by your side throughout the process. At the Handley Law Center, you can rely on our skilled Oklahoma Family Law Attorneys to take the time to answer your questions and make sure you understand all of your legal options so that you can make the right decisions to move forward. Our firm can assist you with your divorce and any other family law matter related matters. To schedule a consultation with one our attorneys, contact us at (405) 295-1924.