When choosing a divorce attorney, aside from discussing the details of your case, you should also ask the attorney questions. Below is an idea of some questions you may want to ask during your initial consultation:
· HOW DOES THE DIVORCE PROCESS WORK? – This is an important question because based on the details of your case, your process may differ from that of someone else. Asking this question will also give you a broad overview of the steps to come.
· TIMEFRAME – While an exact time cannot be given, having an idea of how long the process may be can help ease some of the anxiety you may be feeling. Depending on the details and issues in your case, the process can range widely.
· FEES – Does the attorney charge a flat fee or by the hour? Will there be added expenses for things such as travel time? These things should be included in the agreement that you will sign with the attorney if you choose for them to represent you. Knowing how you will be charged can avoid confusion later.
· WHAT DO I NEED TO DO? – While the attorney will take over the writing and filing of documents and motions, you are still an integral part of the process. There will be documents that require your signature, you will have to provide accurate and current information to your attorney so they may accurately complete any motions or documents, and you will most likely also have to produce certain documents to your attorney. Keep in mind that if the attorney requests any documents or information from you that it is always best to provide these items in a timely manner.
This is a short list of questions you may want to ask your prospective attorney. Before your initial consultation, write down any questions or concerns you may have so that you are fully prepared when you do meet with the attorney. Our attorneys at Hodges Trial Lawyers take the time to sit down with you, go over the details of your case, answer any questions you may have and explain to you the best available options. If you are going through a divorce, contact our office.