Choosing someone to be your family lawyer is a commitment both for you and your family’s lives, and for your bank balance.
For whatever reason you might want advice and help from a family lawyer, there are many different ways to make sure you work with the right person.
Here are our top five tips for getting it right for you.
- Ask how long they have been practicing family law.
Even if your potential family lawyer has been a solicitor for a long time, family law requires experience and expertise in certain ways of life, and is a much more specific branch of law. Therefore, it might be a good idea to choose someone who has been focused on family law for a while.
As a part of this, you can ask how many people they have helped, specifically as a family lawyer, and what sort of things they have helped with. Of course, there is a confidentiality limit on what they can tell you, but family lawyers will want to demonstrate their good work.
- Who will you be working with?
If your potential family lawyer has a business with juniors or apprentice staff, find out who exactly is going to handle your case and answer your questions.
Those who do not have as much experience may not be as adept at giving you the advice you need. Maintain a relationship with the owner of the business in order for them to also keep an eye on your case and their staff. It is a two way advantage.
- What is their reputation like, locally and nationally?
There are ways of finding out exactly what your potential family lawyer’s clients and peers think of them and their business. You can search for the name of the company online, or ask peers, friends and family face to face or via online platforms.
National reputation may not really be applicable to your case, but it is always worth a check, as the family law business is a tight community, and family lawyers will often know each other by name.
- It is not all about the money
As easy as it is to get hung up on the price, it is not the be all and end all of your choice of family lawyer.
If a family lawyer is charging a higher amount than their counterpart, it may be that they are better, or more experienced, but it may also be a bluff. Be aware of these points when you look at the firm’s reputation, as discussed in the previous point.
- What are they advising you to do?
If you become a client of a good family lawyer, you are paying for that service. As long as you have followed the previous tips, these services will be exactly what you need to get the best results for you and your family.
Bearing this in mind, follow the advice that is given to you, and take on board what they tell you. If you do not, you may as well not have worked with them in the first place, and could end up causing yourself more trouble and heartache than you already had.
Good luck in your search for the family lawyer right for you.