All too often people select the wrong attorney to represent them in a divorce. The difference between hiring the wrong attorney and the right attorney is not insignificant. Not only can the difference have a dramatic impact on the outcome of one’s case— but it can also make a big difference along the way. Think of it like this—if you had to take a cross-country journey would you rather travel in a luxurious RV or squashed in the back seat of a compact car? Both options will get you where you need to go, but most would admit that the RV would make the ride a lot more comfortable. The same can be true when it comes to selecting a divorce attorney. Hiring the right attorney can make the divorce process go much smoother and with less delay, less stress and surprisingly, costing one less money.
When it comes to hiring a divorce or family law attorney, you owe it to yourself to rely on more than just the luck of the draw. The following are a few tips to help you find the right divorce attorney for you:
- Do not procrastinate. They are very few people who are completely caught off guard when the need to hire a divorce attorney arises. Most people have known for quite some time that their marriage is not working. Do not wait until your spouse has you served with divorce papers to start the search for a divorce attorney. The chances are that if you wait too long, your spouse may have snagged the attorney you wanted, or he or she may have met with several in his or her search. What this means is that now none of the attorneys your spouse met with will meet with you, due to the potential for a conflict of interest. Waiting too long to hire an attorney can also cause you to make a selection based on not skill or fit but based on who has the availability to meet with you.
- Do your research. Talk with friends, family members, and even co-workers to find out what they liked and maybe even disliked about his or her divorce attorney. You may be surprised that he or she may give a strong recommendation for the attorney that represented his or her spouse. However, do not stop your search there. Talk with your financial advisor, CPA or even the attorney you used for your will to give you a recommendation. Then after you have a few names, begin researching not only the attorney but also the law firm. Make sure that the attorneys you are considering have significant experience in handling divorce cases.
- Schedule a consultation. Before you consider hiring an attorney, you will want to meet with him or her. Come prepared with questions and be sure to listen to his or her responses to your questions. Ask yourself, if you feel comfortable talking with this attorney and do you trust in him or her to handle your case? If the answer to either of these questions is no, then the fit is wrong. Remember to trust your gut.
A divorce is important life event. With so much at stake including your children and your financial future, do not rely on luck to find a qualified Oklahoma Divorce Attorney. It is important to seek out an experienced Oklahoma Family Law Attorney who will be by your side throughout the process. At the Handley Law Center, our trusted team of Oklahoma Divorce Attorneys will take the time to answer your questions and educate you on your legal options, so that you can you make the best possible decisions for your family. To discover how The Handley Law Center can assist you with your divorce or other family law matter contact us at (405) 295-1924. We offer completely confidential consultations.