Divorce can be an incredibly difficult and frustrating event in one’s life, but it’s a process that shouldn’t be endured on your own. Once a split seems inevitable, your next step should be thinking about hiring an attorney that can fairly and professionally represent you as you work through proceeding and all of the fallout with your spouse.
But how do you know you’re hiring a divorce attorney worth their salt? As you begin interviewing prospective representation, think about asking any or all of the following five questions as that will help you sift through who may – or may not be – the right choice to handle your specific situation.
Do you concentrate in divorce cases and what is your track record with them?
Obviously, the attorney and firm you choose should have extensive experience in family law and divorce and it’s important to note whether they’re interested in collaborative settlements or litigating in court. If there are issues of domestic violence or other criminal acts involved, it’s important to ask if the attorney is capable of handling those circumstances as well.
What is your fee structure?
Each law firm has their own philosophy when it comes to fees and it’s important to have this thoroughly explained before you sign anything. While the attorney may not be able to give you a total estimate, you should have a good understanding of what you could be charged for and what you can do to keep costs down.
What should I be preparing for within the divorce proceeding?
A knowledgeable attorney should spell out what you can expect throughout the negotiations and formalities of a divorce. A good attorney will ask about what matters to you most and what you’re looking to protect through the proceeding.
What is your experience with high-value cases?
If you or your spouse share high-value assets, it’s important to make sure your attorney is capable of handling them. Some attorneys have direct experience with high-value assets such as businesses, but others don’t.
Who will be working on my case?
Some firms will assign one attorney to your case and you’ll work with one person. Others will assign a team or pass your case around the firm to several different people. Depending on your level of comfort, you’ll want to know who you can count on to answer your questions and guide you when you need it most.
The family law team at Garretson & Holcomb, LLC understands how difficult the divorce process can be, especially with high-asset cases or the negotiation of the division of property, assets, or a shared business. Call us today at (513) 863-6600 to learn more.