Those filing for divorce here in Texas often hire attorneys to help with the process. The lawyer should bring a variety of skills to the table. Some are legal in nature, and some are more service-oriented. The right attorney should be ethical, reasonable, cost-efficient, and generally make the process less stressful for the client.
Finding the right lawyer for you
It is best to talk to at least a few different attorneys to find the right fit. You should have a list of questions to ask during the initial consultation and then base your decisions on their response.
Are they are accessible?
A busy lawyer can mean that they are in demand and good at what they do, but it also can mean that they are not available. It’s a red flag if they do not return messages in a timely fashion.
Do they protect your interests?
Attorneys know the law, but they also must protect your rights and strive to achieve your priorities, whether it is custody, dividing assets or holding on to a business. Sometimes a fair solution means taking a case to court.
Are they are organized?
Cases have filing deadlines and dozens of other details to juggle, so you want someone who is organized and on top of things.
Do they find solutions?
The two parties may be on opposite sides of an issue, but your attorney should still work to find creative solutions that work for you.
Do they listen?
It can be disheartening to repeat details that will have a bearing on the case – it can leave you feeling like you are not in good legal hands.
Concerns should be discussed
The attorney works for the client. If you feel that you are not getting the service you paid for or the treatment you deserve, the client should voice their concern to the attorney and staff. While your lawyer cannot control the other attorney’s actions or a judge’s decision, they should always be there to protect their client’s best interests.