Do I need a lawyer?
The most important thing a person can do is realize that he/she may need the assistance of an attorney. When it comes to the practice of family law there are many options for obtaining assistance, such as places that fill out forms, paralegals, and just doing the work yourself. Frankly, there are some things you may not need an attorney to assist you with, but it can cost you up to three times the original amount to undo a wrong, and sometimes it is undoable.
Picking a Lawyer
I always tell my potential clients make sure you talk to at least two other attorneys, because sometimes I may not be the right fit for you and you may not be the right fit for me. Also, you want to make sure that each attorney is telling you generally the same thing. Family Law is an area that requires an attorney who is patient, caring, and will advocate for your position.
If you decide you need an attorney, when you are talking to a potential attorney you should trust you gut. Everyone has a gut feeling and you should stick with that feeling. I do the same thing; if a potential client does not feel right for me I do not sign that person on as a client. It has happened several times before and I can honestly say I made the right decisions.
If you are 100% confident in the attorney you hired to represent you in your family matter things should go well. Remember your attorney cannot control everything, but things the attorney can control, the attorney should control. Make sure the attorney you are thinking about practices family law and is familiar with the local judges and attorneys who practice family law.
Remember there is no formula when it comes to picking the right Family Law Attorney, but you should talk to several attorneys and trust your gut.