Patricia L. Brown & Associates
Most people do not enjoy having to use a lawyer. First, it usually means you're facing a problem, perhaps a major one. Secondly, if you do not already have a lawyer, how do go about selecting one? There are hundreds of lawyers online and all had to attend law school and pass the state bar exam. So, how to do it? Of course, ask friends and family for a recommendation. You will want someone with 10-20 years experience in family law, divorce and probate. Legal issues are generally too important to hand to someone inexperienced or to some online service which typically utilize new law school graduates. To achieve a successful outcome, you not only need experience and competence, but an attorney who is familiar with the judges in Williamson and Travis Counties, judges who will make your ultimate decisions. Finally, you want someone with sensitivity and empathy, someone who carefully listens to your circumstances, and helps you chart a course to a successful conclusion. In addition, as communication is one key to success, finding a lawyer close to your home is important. You certainly don't want to spend an hour or two in traffic going to downtown Austin when you want to see your attorney. Finally, we are the only law firm in Williamson County with two board certified paralegals, certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. For you, this means a faster resolution of your case at a lower cost. Board certified paralegals can handle certain aspects of our family law cases.Read less
Consider the following:
Comfort Level - Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information? Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?
Credentials - How long has the lawyer been in practice? Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
Cost - How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee? Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?
City - Is the lawyer's office conveniently located?
Here are a few to get you started:
- How long have you been in practice?
- How many cases like mine have you handled?
- How often do you settle cases out of court?
- What are your fees and costs?
- What are the next steps?