If you are considering hiring a family attorney to assist you with a case or to get a settlement, there are many questions you will want to ask to determine which is best for you. Beyond the basics of cost, location, and availability, you’ll want to know who you will be working with, how they have experience, how they will best help you, and why they are the best to handle your case.
Which cases do you primarily deal with?
Even though a family attorney may already be a specialist, there are several subcategories that they deal with. If you are looking to hire a lawyer, you likely have a specific reason in mind already such as a contested divorce, child custody, or domestic violence case. All of these while related, are vastly different. It is important to choose a family attorney who has plenty of experience with your specific issue, whether it be financial, child-related, or something altogether different. Ask any potential lawyers how many cases they handle a year and what are the primary issues they handle.
If you are dealing with a law firm, ask to be directed to the lawyer best suited to deal with your case based on past experiences and skills. If you do find it difficult to get in touch with a family attorney who can help you with your specific needs, ask for recommendations from law firms and other professionals. They often have many contacts that can be useful in tracking down the lawyer that is most suitable for you.
What is your success rate?
How successful an attorney is has to do with many factors. A simple number of cases won is not the only indicator of a skilled lawyer. Many times, they will try their best to avoid going to court and reaching settlements between the two parties to help cut down on legal costs, stress, and time. When discussing a lawyer’s success rate, discuss a few recent examples and have them briefly run through what happened and what decisions were reached. If find yourself disagreeing or unsatisfied with how they chose to handle other cases, you may wish to continue your search for legal representation. However, if you find that they came to many satisfactory conclusions, even if they haven’t won the most cases they may still be a good choice.
Who will be involved in the case?
Many lawyers work in cooperation with large firms, meaning you may have a team working with you rather than one family attorney. This can be both beneficial and have its downsides. The most important thing is to know whom exactly will be working with you and at what stages. Sometimes lawyers will switch cases in the middle or you may be working with two or three throughout the entire process, which can become confusing if you are not briefed in advance. Before hiring a lawyer, meet with all parties who will be involved and ensure you feel comfortable with the firm as a whole and not just the individual assigned to lead the case.