3 Questions to Ask a Divorce Lawyer Before You Hire Them

Choosing a lawyer to represent you in court is not an easy thing to do. There are so many things to take into consideration before you can hire your legal counsel.

1. Is There A Conflict Of Interest?
This is a very important matter that you need to focus your attention to. Ask the lawyer whether or not there were cases in the past handled by him or her that had something to do with your former spouse. If the answer to the question is in the affirmative, then the wise thing to do is to look for another attorney. Someone who may have an interest that is adverse to your own interest cannot represent you in court. Divorce is a very complicated and serious case. Therefore, it is imperative that your attorney is someone who can protect your rights one hundred percent. There must be no doubts or uncertainties in your relationship as client and lawyer.

2. What Is The Charge For The Legal Assistance?
Divorce cases can be costly. You need to know how much your attorney will charge you for his or her assistance in handling the case. Make sure that you ask him all questions related to the fees that are required to be paid during the professional engagement. By doing such, you will be able to manage your finances well. In order to avoid future problems with your lawyer, it is highly recommended that you put all agreements concerning compensation into writing. At the same time, you can also agree with the attorney to grant him or her contingent fees should you win the case.

3. How Long Have You Been Handling Divorce Cases?
There is a need to know the level of expertise and experience that your future lawyer has. Knowing the said details will help you evaluate whether or not you can trust the attorney to handle your case. Take into consideration how many cases he or she has won in the past. Nevertheless, always ask your questions in a polite manner. Respect when the lawyer chooses not to answer your questions especially when it is made in order to comply with the attorney-client privilege rule provided under the Rules of Court.


References: Understanding Attorney – Client Privilege


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