Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Divorce Attorney
Because of the complex legal principles that are inherent to divorce, if you are considering divorce, you need to choose an attorney whose practice specializes in this area of law.
It is important to hire a divorce attorney with whom you feel comfortable talking to and who understands what is important to you moving forward with your divorce.
An attorney you feel has your best interests in mind while negotiating the best possible outcome in your divorce. During your initial consultation, ask the attorney relevant questions and share what is important to you regarding matters that can significantly impact the outcome of your divorce, such as the following:
- Do you specialize in family law exclusively? A divorce lawyer who is involved in other areas of law may not be as knowledgeable – or as focused – on divorce cases. The Hill Law Firm, P.C. in Overland Park and the Kansas City metro offer alternative solutions for families considering divorce, both in and out of the courtroom.
- How long have you been practicing family law? This is especially important if you believe your divorce is going to be difficult or contested. After nearly 20 years of litigating high-conflict family law cases and difficult child custody disputes, Elizabeth Hill has learned that divorce options, such as mediation, collaborative mediation, and collaborative divorce, are a better way to help families resolve divorce issues.
- What strategy will you use, and how long will it take to resolve my case? Most people who have no experience with divorce have any idea of what to expect. Ask your divorce attorney what their strategy is, and how long they expect to get a resolution to your case, based on your situation. After evaluating all the facts, your divorce attorney can provide you with an estimated timeline. This can help you prepare mentally for what to expect, and also evaluate your finances and adjust work or other commitments.
- What is your fee structure? It is not uncommon for some divorce proceedings to take years to resolve. Unless you have unlimited resources, you need to have at least a general expectation of what it’s going to cost you. Ask the divorce attorney if they charge for time spent answering your questions, phone calls and emails, and your conversations with a paralegal. You also need to know how often they bill you and exactly what they bill you for.
- How will you communicate with me? Communication is very important, and you should ask if they will be contacting you directly, how often they will contact you, and by what mode of communication – in person, written mail, email or phone calls, or a combination. Also, find out what the typical turnaround is for them to return your calls.
Elizabeth Hill, a divorce attorney with The Hill Law Firm, P.C., located in Overland Park, Johnson County, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri, is committed to helping couples who are seeking a divorce. She is completely open to communicating about your divorce case and is focused on getting the best outcome possible for you and your family. If you have questions we invite you to contact us today to schedule an initial consultation. Elizabeth can be reached by telephone or through email. You will receive a prompt response from her.
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