How to Shop for a Family Law Attorney in Washington State

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these are the questions you should be asking

I've talked to thousands of people who called me, looking for a family law attorney. The vast majority of them never asked me any questions except "how much do you charge?" These are the questions I think people should be asking.

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5 questions you should ask before hiring your lawyer

1. How many years have you practiced family law in my county? 2. What percentage of your practice is family law? 3. How many times have you won cases like mine? 4. Are you a member of the WSBA Family Law Section? My county bar assoc's FLS? 5. Do you use FamilySoft Combination software? The latest version?

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5 more questions you should ask before hiring your lawyer

6. Have you ever presented a family law CLE (continuing legal education program for other lawyers)? How many times? 7. Have you ever presented a CLE about cases like mine? How many? 8. Do you get the latest Washington appellate court decisions by e-mail? Do you read the family law decisions the same day they come in? 9. When was the last time you read my county's local rules? The State's Civil Rules and Evidence Rules? 26.09 RCW and related sections? 10. Who will actually do the work on my case? Can I meet them? I put my answers to these questions on my website. Does your lawyer?

Additional Resources

Be sure to check the WSBA's online Lawyer Directory (link below) for reliable information about a lawyer; if you see something you don't like, ask the lawyer to explain it. We all have websites now, but most of these are just vague, self-serving advertising; look for a lawyer website that demonstrates real expertise in cases like yours.

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