If you have made the decision to file for divorce, the next step is finding a reliable divorce lawyer. Divorces are never easy but it is important that you do everything to protect your best interests and in order to do so, you must take the necessary steps in choosing a lawyer who can help you navigate through this difficult time. Although the process itself can be overwhelming, knowing that you have a trustworthy attorney on your side can certainly alleviate the pressures that come with a divorce. Here are some important steps to follow when it comes to finding the best California divorce lawyer.
Begin With a List of Potential Divorce Lawyers
One of the most ideal ways of searching for a divorce lawyer is by finding personal referrals, as well as online research. You can start by asking family and friends if they have someone that they’d recommend or if they know anyone that would recommend a divorce lawyer to reach out to. If so, you can add that attorney to your list of potential lawyers. In addition, do your research online to find divorce lawyers in your area. Be sure to do your due diligence and take a look at their firm website, as well as third party websites that provide reviews and insight about divorce lawyers.
Narrow Down the List
Once you have your own list of potential divorce lawyers, now it’s time to narrow down the list. If there are specific circumstances related to your case, such as high net worth divorces, interstate and international family law disputes, same sex divorces (LGBTQ family law), or other specialized areas, remove any attorneys that do not specialize or advertise in that area of law. In addition, if there is something that does not sit well with you about an attorney, remove them from your list as well. Once you have narrowed down your list of potential lawyers, the next thing you need to do is schedule consultations with the attorneys that are on your list.
The next step is to schedule consultations/interviews with potential divorce lawyers from your list. This is your chance to learn as much as you can about them, their specialities, and determine whether they are a good fit for your case. You should definitely come in prepared with a list of important questions, such as: How many years of experience do you have? Who will be handling your case? What is their track record for cases that go to trial? Do they have experience in the special circumstances of your case? What are their fees? There are so many important things to consider when it comes to determining the best divorce lawyer and now is your chance to ask these important questions, which can also help you learn more about the attorney as a person. It is imperative that you feel comfortable when speaking to the attorney as well. After interviewing each attorney, now is the time to determine who is best for your case.
If you are searching for one of the top divorce lawyers in Los Angeles, feel free to contact our team at LLM Family Law to schedule a consultation with our team!
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