I've been searching the BBB, and other Internet sources to find a family Lawyer(child custody,support,visitation) that is reliable, affordable, and have good references. It just seems like it's harder than I thought to find a lawyer. It's quite scary as well. Especially for low income individuals. Prices aren't posted on websites so who knows what I can afford. And it seems like most people post negative comments about lawyers which I understand is because they didn't get everything/anything they wanted or agreed too.
Hiring an attorney is not like buying a carpet cleaner.
No one can possibly know how hard you want to fight, how hard your opponent wants to make the battle and who your judge will be
All these factors bear on cost.
Recommendations from people that you know is always a good starting point. After that, do your homework: check them out, meet with them, etc.
I suggest you find a few, say 3 or 4 near where you live. Contact their office and set up an appointment to go in and meet with them. Most AVVO attorneys offer a free initial consultation. The BBB is a good place to search for any negative marks against the business, you can also find out about the lawyer's record with the Florida bar. Main thing to remember is it needs to be someone you are comfortable with and of course one you can afford. The hourly rates vary and most lawyers do not quote prices online in this area because it really depends on the specific facts of each case as to how much they will charge. Call a few tomorrow. Good luck.
B. Elaine Jones, Esq.
Look at AVVO for lawyers with websites that do, in fact, publish prices. You are correct in that people don;t like lawyers, usually for good reasons. That said, there are some excellent, honest, diligent lawyers in Florida. Again, look at website.
Depending on your income, you may be eligible for either legal aid, or legal counseling through a community social service organization. If your children's health and welfare is at stake, you will have a better shot at getting some form of legal advice - as well as suggestions for attorneys who may be best suited to assist you and whose fees you will be able to afford. Ask friends and relatives if they have had positive experiences. As members of your church or social organization, including religious leaders. Always interview the attorney before hiring, and don't pay for an interview. Some law schools have legal clinics that are staffed by advanced students and supervised by faculty and local attorneys.
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