Are you looking for a California divorce lawyer that you can count on? Everybody going through a complicated divorce does. However, there is one decision that you should take on your own. And that is choosing the right divorce lawyer who is going to guide and support you through the whole process.
Selection might be difficult, so how to prepare? Asking lots of questions is the best choosing strategy, and choosing a divorce lawyer is not an exception. But not just questions, the right questions. We present you the 5 ultimate questions you need to ask a California divorce lawyer before hiring.
What Cases Do They Specialize in?
Do they only take divorce and family law cases or something else as well? You probably guess why this question is necessary in the first place. Narrow specialization is key. If the attorneys are busy handling cases in other areas, they are less likely to be as top-notch for divorce cases as you need them to be.
You would not let any person in a medical robe solve all your health problems, would you? If your teeth bother you, you let the dentist check them, not the surgeon. Same goes for lawyers. Attorneys specialize in one area tend to be more focused and dedicated. And that is exactly what any client is looking for.
What Is Your Experience in Years, Please?
This question can get tricky if you don’t frame it properly. Going back to the first point, your question needs to be more specific. Ask how many years they have been practicing divorce law. Maybe the attorney has 20 years of professional experience most of which 15 were in criminal law. Does that sound like a good fit? No. Experience is important but so is the area.
So, instead ask your California divorce lawyer to tell you how many years of family law experience do they have. In case family law is not their only practice area, consider asking for how many of their non-family law cases litigation was required. Litigation experience is necessary because family law cases can end up in court. So, your lawyer needs to be handy with discovery (a formal request meant to obtain information), courtroom and trial process, etc.
Who Is Going to Handle Your Case?
Going through the case with only one lawyer has both pros and cons. The advantage is that your California divorce lawyer will be the only one representing you in court. However, your communication can become a bit restricted in such a case. You might rarely see your lawyer before court appearances because he/she might be busy with other cases in courtrooms. The attorney might have staff dealing with case routine on daily basis. So, you need to be informed about that as well.
How Are You Going to Be Charged?
In California, if the fee exceeds $1,000,00 a written retainer agreement is necessary. It reveals precisely what the hourly rates are going to be and how those will be billed. You should also know the hourly rate, how are you expected to pay, and what is the initial deposit. Also, ask how often you will receive the bill and by what date the bill should be covered.
How Often Will You Communicate?
It is important to clarify how often and how you and your lawyer will communicate right away. How quick can you expect your lawyer to call or email you back? Ask how communication works or does not once business hours are over. And what if you have an emergency? Are their other staff members that are going to schedule an appointment or a call once the lawyer is busy? Do not end the consultation before you know all of these.
Lawyers at Margarian Law are ready to answer your questions, all of them! Call us at (877)734-7929 to schedule a free first consultation.