Finding a good divorce or family lawyer to help you with your matter can be challenging. You would be correct in thinking there are so many different lawyers, all promising you amazing results in your case.
It is very important to choose your family divorce lawyer carefully. Due to how complex the cases can be and how slowly the Family Court moves, your family lawyer can be in your life for a number of months or even years so it is crucial to have someone you are compatible with. Here are 5 tips to help you pick the right family lawyer for you.
Tip #1 – Judge your compatibility
It can become quite clear quite early on whether or not the family lawyer you have been speaking to is going to be the right family lawyer to you.
It is important you pick someone you feel comfortable with and have faith in to represent your matter to the best of their abilities. It is also important to look for someone honest about your matter, communicates openly and does not build up your expectations unrealistically.
It is also important to find a lawyer who has the right approach for your matter. Some clients prefer a more ‘aggressive approach’ and some clients a more ‘passive approach’. Speak to our family lawyers to see what their individual styles are and if you think that is right for your matter, as differences in approach can be something that can fracture a lawyer and client relationship.
Tip #2 – Make sure your lawyer is not working over capacity
This is an important, often missed point. No matter how experienced or brilliant your lawyer might be, if they are overworked and too busy, they won’t be able to do their best for you. It is an important point to remember that when you are choosing a lawyer, it should be a professional who has time to take on your case.
Finding this out can be as simple as asking them the question Are you available to take my case, do you have the capacity right now? If they answer yes, then look into this further. This could be how responsive they are to your emails or phone calls and their ability to deliver your work within the deadlines.
Family lawyers do go between busier and quieter times as deadlines can sometimes fall at the same time; however, it is important that your family lawyer does not always seem so stretched for time that they cannot conduct your case to the best of their ability.
Tip #3 – Understand the approach
Understanding the approach that your family lawyer is planning to take is very important to consider before choosing your lawyer. At your initial meeting with your family lawyer, you need to talk through the matter and ask them what their plan moving forward is.
It is sometimes a matter of opinion what approach works best and each family lawyer is a bit different in what they think is most effective. Some family lawyers are very supportive of a mediative approach, especially when it comes to children’s issues, whereas some family lawyers just want to fight in court.
If you have a strong opinion on what strategy you think will be best for your matter, make sure you pick a family lawyer that works with that approach.
Tip #4 – Understand the costs
The next step is to understand your costs and the way that your family lawyers will charge their fees.
Every lawyer is a bit different, both in what they charge and how they charge. Some lawyers do billing by the hour and other law firms offer fixed fee billing. What that means is that they will look at your individual situation, assess it and give you a quote for a fixed fee amount that you will be expected to pay.
Before you sign up with a law firm, make sure you are comfortable with how you will be expected to pay your fees, what your expected fees might be and that the fees are something you are able to afford.
Tip #5 – Pick a specialised family lawyer
Our closing tip is to make sure you pick a lawyer who is experienced in family law. There are lots of law firm that do lots of different kinds of law through a generalist practice, and may offer legal advice for several different areas of law.
This doesn’t mean that they are not good or not qualified or not a good lawyer, but what that might mean is that they might not have as much experience in the area of law that you need help with. Our lawyers are specialised in Family Law, with over 16 years of experience.
There are also even more specialised areas in the field of family law that some family lawyers have a further specialty in, such as adoption, family violence, surrogacy or children matters. Some family lawyers are also very specialised in complex property matters. Think back to Tip #1 and think about your own situation and how you think your family lawyer might be suitable here.