Looking for a Divorce Lawyer? Here are some questions to ask
You know your marriage is over. Whether this was your decision or not, you need help. You may turn to the internet for answers. Many people do. You can get general information on the internet, but divorce laws vary from state to state. You need answers to your specific questions, and you need accurate advice about your personal situation. This is the time when many people will seek out a divorce lawyer. You may want to ask: How long will my divorce take? How much will my divorce cost?
How long will my divorce take?This question is very difficult to answer because there are so many variables that can impact the time it may take to get divorced. Here are some better questions that can help you get more useful answers and decide if you have the right lawyer for you. Instead of asking "How long will my divorce take?" Try something like this: "I have heard horror stories about divorces dragging on for years. Have you had any cases like that?" If the answer is "yes" find out what happened and whether it was their only case that dragged on. Ask how much this case cost the client? And ask if there was anything he or she could have done differently to control the time and/or costs of that case?
How much will my divorce cost?This is another question that is very difficult to answer because there are so many variables that can impact the cost of a divorce. Instead of asking "How much will my divorce cost?" Try something like this: "What is the average cost of the divorce cases you have handled in the past two years?" Lawyers are generally required to report this information to their insurance carriers every year so this is a question most lawyers should be able to answer. Or try asking "What is the range of costs that your clients have incurred in the past two years? What variables account for this wide range of costs? Is there anything you can do to control those variables?"