Finding a fit: Questions to ask your divorce attorney

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:

Expense.   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.

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 reached?

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 communication.   

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