How do you know you have a good family lawyer?

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Going through a separation or divorce, arriving at an amicable parenting arrangement with an ex or sorting out a will are often emotional experiences that can take a heavy toll on any person.

Having a good family lawyer to support through difficult times like these is essential.

Whether you already have a family lawyer or are looking for you, this blog will help. In this article, we define the attributes of a good family lawyer and the tell-tale signs of when it’s time to move on from the one you may already have.

 

What are the characteristics of a good family lawyer?

We’ve outlined some of the characteristics that you should look for when you’re seeking out the advice and support of a good family lawyer.

 

A specialised family lawyer

Find a family lawyer with extensive experience in the area of your case.

So, if you’re trying to contest a deceased loved one’s will, hire an estate lawyer that has experience in that area. If you’re preparing to divorce, hire a family attorney who specialises in divorce settlements.

 

Good reviews

A good way to gauge whether a family lawyer knows their stuff or not is to check their past clients’ reviews.

You’ll be able to do this for most firms and lawyers on Google, and a lot of lawyers provide testimonials on their websites as well.

 

Free consultation

Most good family lawyers and firms offer clients free consultations. This initial free consult is an opportunity for you to familiarise the lawyer with your case, let them know what kind of support you’ll need and determine whether your personalities are compatible for the journey ahead.

Make good use of these consults and pay attention to the lawyers demeanour, body language and mode of communication.

 

Reasonable fees and no hidden expenses

Going through a divorce can be difficult. And, most of the time, it can be expensive as well. It’s important, however, that when you hire a family attorney, you don’t automatically opt for the one with a lower rate. 

A lawyer with a higher rate may have more experience and will be able to finalise proceedings for you faster. So, a more expensive lawyer may end up costing you less than a cheaper lawyer that may need more time to prepare with you and undertake proceedings.

Try to find the lawyer with the best rate that you can afford and talk to them about their fees and how they charge so that you don’t end up with any hidden costs later. Good family lawyers are upfront with their fees and billing practices.

 

Accessibility

You need a family lawyer that is going to be accessible and attentive to you. That means your attorney will answer your calls and emails promptly, will get back to you on urgent matters and will make you feel that they understand the specifics of your case.

 

Ease and peace of mind

You’re going to be consulting with your lawyer on a regular basis if you’re going through a divorce or custody battle. So it’s essential that you feel comfortable talking to your lawyer and feel like they’re someone you can trust. 

 

Tell tale signs that a lawyer may not be right for you

Now that you know what to look for in a family lawyer, we’ve prepared a list of red flags that you should keep an eye out for before hiring a family attorney:

  1. You lawyer does not answer you calls or emails for days on end
  2. During your consultation time, the family lawyer often answers emails or take calls from other clients 
  3. Your family lawyers discusses the details of their other clients’ cases
  4. You don’t feel comfortable or at ease with your family attorney
  5. The family lawyer’s billing practices make you feel uncomfortable and you suspect they may be unethical

 

Going through a murky divorce or parenting settlement is difficult enough, without having to stress about a lawyer you’re not comfortable with.

If your family lawyer is exhibiting any of the above red flags or you simply don’t feel at ease having them handle your case, it may be better to find another one.

Searching for a good family lawyer to support you through a difficult time? Contact our team here for a free and confidential conversation.

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