Every day that we are in court, we see people representing themselves, usually because they cannot afford a lawyer at $200 or more per hour. Unfortunately those people make mistakes, not because they are not smart, but because the process is complex and confusing. Many lawyers will not even take family law cases because of the complexity. Many lawyers who practice family law don't provide limited-representation services....Read moreRead 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?