When you’re interviewing with a divorce attorney, you should make sure that all your questions are answered to your satisfaction. Write down your questions ahead of time so that you don’t forget them when you meet with the attorney.
Questions to ask your divorce attorney should include the following:
Cost. How much do you believe my divorce will
cost? What is your hourly rate and the rate of
others in the firm that might be working on my case? How will I be charged and
billed? What is the amount of your retainer to begin the case?
Recommendations. What is the course of action that you
recommend I take and why? What step or
steps should I take now, if any, to protect myself (or my children)? Is there
anything I should not do?
Options. Do you offer limited assistance
representation? What should I know about
mediation, collaborative law, conciliation, arbitration and other forms of
alternative dispute resolution?
Outcome. What can I reasonably expect in terms of a
range of outcomes—on property division, support, custody and parenting, health
insurance, life insurance, etc. What is a realistic time frame to reach an end
Settlement v. Trial. What is the likelihood of my case
being settled by agreement without a contested trial? What is the percentage of
your divorce cases that are ultimately settled by agreement? (this should be
quite high) Are you prepared to try my case in Court if a settlement cannot be
– Experience. How many years of experience do you have
in representing clients in divorce and family law matters? How many clients
have you represented in divorce cases
from beginning to end?
Approach/Philosophy. What is your general philosophy or
approach in these types of matters, and in my case in particular? (make sure
you agree with his/her philosophy or approach).
You have a right to know, and should receive satisfactory answers to
all of your questions. Let your attorney
know your priorities and wishes so that you can understand how to achieve your
goals. We at Ryan Faenza Carey believe
our clients have a right to transparency, and to full and open lines of
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