Saratoga Divorce Lawyer Explains What You Should Ask Your Divorce Attorney
What specific questions should I ask lawyers in order to find the right one to represent me in my divorce?
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As an experienced Saratoga Divorce Lawyer, I often speak to clients about this. If you are consulting with a lawyer for the first time, I suggest that you show up to the meeting with copies of all relevant pleadings in your case (like the Summons, Complaint, and any motions, if applicable), as well as any information concerning current incomes, and contested assets, so that the Attorney can get a very clear picture of what is currently going on in your case, and what issues are in play.
While an attorney can guide you through the divorce process, advise you of options, represent your interests, and ensure that your voice is heard, a lawyer should not simply tell you what to do—as often there are many options to be weighed, and those decisions are yours to make. For that reason, I suggest that potential clients outline their priories in order of importance, or to list their goals before consulting with an attorney. Every divorce is different, and every person has different priorities. Different attorneys may take different approaches to different issues, or adjust their strategies for you based on your goals and resources, which is why clear communication is key.
If you are clear about your goals and priorities, your potential attorney can provide you with specific advice and information about how he or she could go about addressing your goals for you, and you can get a better idea on whether you like that attorney’s approach.
Additionally, you should ask specific questions regarding an attorney/firm’s retainers and billing practices, so that you are certain you are comfortable with how the attorney will charge you for services provided. You should also ask specific questions regarding how your case might be reassigned or managed, as sometimes while you may consult with one attorney, said attorney may have the ability to assign your case to other attorneys or associates in in the firm. While that may not be a bad thing at all, you should be aware of this possibility in advance.
Are you looking to start your divorce journey? Contact dedicated Saratoga Divorce Lawyer Jennifer Sunderlin Morton for guidance.