Divorce is one of the most stressful events you can experience. Qualified legal counsel can provide a modicum of peace of mind by ensuring that your interests are being protected. Here are some tips to help you find the right divorce attorney for your particular needs.
Evaluate the attorney’s personality.
The attorney you choose to handle your divorce will eventually know as much about you as some of your closest friends. Consider whether the person is someone you think you can trust and will be comfortable talking to. Although legal proceedings can sometimes seem intimidating, you should not feel intimidated by your attorney. At the same time, you want a lawyer whose strength and integrity is apparent and will be used to your advantage during negotiations and, if necessary, in court.
Evaluate the attorney’s experience.
Every divorce is different, and attorneys sometimes specialize in specific aspects of divorce. Where one may be a good choice if you own numerous assets with your spouse, another may be a better where child custody issues are concerned. Ask about the attorney’s experience with cases similar to yours.
Do not focus too much on costs.
Ask up front about the fees you can expect to be charged. Some attorneys will bill their own time at one rate, and time spent by a junior associate at a lower rate. Others may offer set fees for handling specific tasks, called ala carte services. For example, if you and your spouse are in agreement about division of property, you probably wouldn’t need a litigator, but you might want an attorney to review the agreement and prepare the initial paperwork. Know in advance what charges you can expect, and be sure you will be able to meet the costs or make payment arrangements before you enter an agreement.
The McLeod Law Firm, P.C. provides quality legal representation for contested and uncontested divorce cases across North Georgia including Hall County: Clermont, Flowery Branch, Gainesville, Lula, Murrayville, and Oakwood; Banks County: Gillsville, Homer, Maysville, and Commerce; Barrow County: Winder; Dawson County: Dawsonville; Forsyth County: Cumming; Gwinnett County: Buford; White County: Cleveland and Helen; Lumpkin County: Dahlonega; Habersham County: Baldwin, Clarkesville, Cornelia and Demorest; Jackson County: Jefferson, Braselton, Hoschton, Pendergrass and Talmo, GA.