If you're filing for divorce, you may be dreading the process of finding an attorney for your case. Interviewing lawyers before you make a commitment can help you find the perfect law firm for your case. Knowing what questions you should ask an attorney can help make the process even easier.
What's Your Pricing Model?
Different pricing models work for different clients. Asking your attorney questions such as:
- Do you do flat-fee pricing, or do you just use hourly fees?
- Do you provide unbundled representation service packages?
- Do you charge different prices for contested and uncontested divorces?
- What would you estimate the cost of my divorce to be if everything went perfectly?
Can help you identify whether an attorney you're considering uses a pricing model that will fit your budget. Getting a divorce can cost a substantial amount of time and money, especially if you're filing for a contested divorce, so understanding your options and working with an attorney who's in your budget is important.
Do You Get Along? It's Time for a Gut Check
You should get along with your attorney on a personal level, as well as a professional one. In family law cases, your relationships with family members may be on the line, at least to some degree. If your attorney has similar values to you or is willing to go the extra mile to let you know they care about you as a person and your well-being, chances are, you'll feel better about having them on your case - and peace of mind counts for a lot in family law cases.
How Would You Handle This Case?
You want to ask this question for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, it ensures you get an attorney on your side who won't sugar-coat things, which is crucial. You never want to feel like your attorney is telling you your case will be easier to solve than it really is, or like they're lying to you about your likelihood of getting a good outcome in your case.
Secondly, different attorneys will favor different ways of approaching cases in the courtroom. For example, some attorneys may advocate for mediation, working toward a more amicable resolution of differences between parties. Other attorneys thrive in the courtroom, where they can aggressively pursue their client's interests.
If you want to stay on good terms with your spouse post-divorce, the second attorney may not be a great fit for your needs, and vice versa. Choosing a lawyer whose strategies align with your preferred methods of conflict resolution is a great way to try and ensure you pursue the best possible outcome in your case.
At the Law Offices of Mark M. Childress, our attorneys will help you pursue the best possible outcome in your divorce. To schedule a consultation with our team, contact us online or via phone at (817) 497-8148.