When facing the reality of a divorce most people realize that they will need an attorney to navigate the process. The dilemma they have is choosing which attorney is best for them. The relationship between a client and an attorney in litigated matters is a very personal relationship and during the months and sometimes years of advocacy there will be a vast amount of information shared and many expectations created. Because of this, it is essential that you trust and feel comfortable with the person you hire to guide and represent you through this process. There are several factors you should consider.
In this age of mass marketing and manipulations of social media, the single best commodity an attorney always has and still possesses is his or her reputation. There are more attorneys in today’s marketplace than ever before but there is a reason that some thrive while others flounder and this is reputation. You can only abuse the public and misrepresent yourself for a moment before the public begins to recognize this. The reputation of an attorney is essential, check the comments of past clients, speak to past clients, and check the credentials with the bar.
How knowledgeable are they about your matter and how the process will be applied to your particular situation? All too often attorneys dabble in sectors of law in which they know very little, especially family law. Because of this people find themselves in situations that are not beneficial and the attorney does not have the experience or knowledge base to properly guide them through the process. Ask questions and get the answers you need. Listen to the attorney you meet and make certain that their knowledge base is sound. Too often I have people come to my office with advice that would be detrimental to their situation. Remember there are lawyers and there are lawyers.