Six important questions to ask a divorce lawyer

Choosing a divorce lawyer is one of the most important decisions people in Charlotte, NC must make when getting a divorce. You want your rights represented vigorously and you also want to work with someone knowledgeable and experienced. These questions will help you get a better understanding of any divorce attorneys you are considering.

  1. What is your recommendation for my case?

After you’ve had a chance to explain some of the details of your case, a qualified attorney should be able to walk you through the next steps. This will give you an idea of how comfortable they are with the divorce process in North Carolina, as well as how fully they understand the unique facets of your case.

  1. What is your background in this area?

Learn as much as possible about the attorney’s experience in divorce cases.  Experience is a good indicator of several things, including the speed and knowledge with which your attorney will broach the issues in your case. Don’t immediately discount a newer attorney because they are often less likely to be “jaded,” which means they may be more zealous while representing you.

  1. What challenges do you think we might face?

A good attorney will be able to pick up on potential problems before they happen. This is why your initial consultation is so important, because a brief introduction to your case can reveal a lot of information to an attorney. Make sure to answer all of the questions your attorney might have for you, as this data-gathering can be helpful in moving your case forward quickly.

  1. How will I be charged?

Find out the details of what the attorney will require to be kept on retainer. Some attorneys work on an hourly basis and others may prefer to work on a case basis, and knowing the details in advance can help to reduce confusion over payment arrangements in the future. It will also give you a sense of the kind of attorney you’re working with and whether you’ll be able to afford the representation you need.

  1. How will we communicate with each other?

Each person has their own preference about the best way to communicate, and it’s best to work with a lawyer who meets your individual needs and requests. For example, if you prefer to speak by phone and your lawyer also requests this method, it’s a good sign that your communication will make you feel confident throughout the process. It’s not good if the attorney already shows signs of not getting back to you in a timely manner.

  1. How long do you think this might take?

Although it can be hard to estimate, it’s important to ask this question for a few reasons. First of all, you want to know how long you’re going to face the emotional challenges of a divorce case. If you’re paying hourly, it will also give you an idea of how quickly (or not) your case will be completed and what you might expect to pay.

Attorney Jonathan Meek is ready to answer these questions and any others you might have. He is very experienced in divorce cases and will give you the expert representation you need to ensure that your rights are protected throughout the entire proceeding. Call (704) 848-6335 or use the contact form on the right of this page to schedule a consultation appointment with Meek Law Firm.

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