AWhen you need to find a family law attorney, it’s important to understand what family law is first. Family law is completely different from the criminal justice system. Family law involves everything from pre-nuptial agreements and divorce, to adoption and custody/child support cases. If you are dealing with any of these issues, you will probably need to find a family law attorney. So, it is important to know how to find the right attorney to meet your unique needs and situation.
Consider these tips for finding a family law attorney who’s right for you:
A good approach is to get a personal referral from someone you know and trust. Someone who has gone through what you are going through will understand. For example, if you are going through a divorce and you have friends who’ve divorced recently, you might want to ask them about how the process works and what they learned from it, what they wished their lawyer had done, what their lawyer did that was good. This sort of insight from people who have “been there, done that” can be very valuable.
These days, online reviews have become all the rage. You can quite easily look up prospective attorneys as well as law firms. As a result, you can read what past clients have to say about them. So, if you already have a law firm you are considering, Google them. Do what you are able to from home; such as an amateur background check and explore their website.
Remember that Punctuality Counts
We all know attorneys are likely very busy people, however, if an attorney you’ve contacted about representation doesn’t get back with you in a reasonable amount of time, you might want to consider what it is going to be like with your case. Most importantly, you want an attorney who shows you he or she is going to work for you by being considerate of you and your needs. Remember, you are going to be paying your attorneys for a service; they are there to help you and should show you as much respect as you are going to show them.
Test for Temperament
Pay careful attention to how you and your prospective attorney “mesh” if you go in for a consultation, and be careful to observe how your prospective attorney interacts with those in his or her office. It doesn’t really matter how highly-recommended or how experienced your prospective attorney is, if you aren’t comfortable around the attorney or your prospective attorney has no patience for others, you may want to keep looking.
Scan Social Media
Believe it or not, even if someone has their Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter account set to private, you can still learn a lot about a person by scanning their profile(s).
If you need help in your search to find a family law attorney, reach out to one of our Alpharetta attorneys at Reeder Law Firm.