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10 Points To Consider When Hiring A Potential Lawyer

Lawyers often provide a low-cost or free consultation to discuss details of your problem, and this provides you an opportunity to ask him some basic questions. This opportunity, apart from helping you with selecting a lawyer, also helps you to decide whether you should proceed with the specific lawyer. If you decide, later on, to hire the lawyer, go into a comprehensive discussion about your case plus ask him more specific questions too.

Speaking in general, you should have a list of questions to ask the legal professional during the course of the meeting. In addition, you should have no qualms asking a question related to the expertise of the lawyer, his fees, special knowledge, experience, as well as management of your case.

Find below ten questions that you should ask your potential lawyer.

1. The duration for which you have practiced law?

You will, at a minimum, want to know the expertise of the lawyer and whether he is a beginner or veteran. The chances are that someone who has just completed law school might be able to handle your legal issues. The chances are that he might not. It all depends on the complexity of the case.

2. What type of cases do you typically handle and the percentage of your practice is devoted to (knowledge of your case)?

In addition, you will like to know about the expertise of the lawyer and the percentage his practice is devoted to the type of legal issue you want him to handle. For example, you will require a family lawyer who has wide experience in handling adoption cases in case you require help with an adoption case.

3. Who are your typical clientele?

This important question is often overlooked. For example, in case you are an individual facing a specific legal problem, but the attorney with whom you are meeting only represents corporates, he might not be suitable for you. In the same vein, you might like to know the financial background of some of the lawyer’s clientele. The chances are that the lawyer is accustomed to factoring different issues when working with college students vs. high net-worth individuals.

4. The number of cases you have undertaken, which were similar to mine?

Never feel shy to ask this. Feel free to ask the attorney about his track record, like the number of cases he has successfully settled or won.

5. Do you have knowledge or special training, apart from a law degree that might apply in my case?

Cases like patent and DUI cases require specialized knowledge and training for being represented effectively. Make sure that you inquire whether or not your case fits into that category.

6. What are the costs and fees of your attorney and how they are billed?

Will all of my case or just a portion of it be handled by legal assistants (paralegals)? If this is true, query about reduced costs.

This is a vital step. You will want to know how much you need to pay to the lawyer and whether you can afford it. This is a suitable time to ask about payment options plus how often you will be billed and under what circumstances.

7. What is your philosophy or approach or philosophy to representing or winning a case?

The attorney might not be suitable for your case in case he is too aggressive in divorce cases and you are seeking an amicable divorce. In the same manner, a meek attorney will not help if you are looking for an aggressive lawyer to handle an upcoming corporate merger.

8. Can my legal problems be solved in other ways?

Ask the professional if your legal problems can be solved through any alternatives like out of court settlement or through arbitration? A good attorney will typically let you know if he can handle your case through other cheaper and less time-consuming means.

9. How will you inform me what is the status of my case?

Communication is important. Ask the lawyer under what circumstances and how often he will report to you. You want to remain updated about the progress of your case and about other important dates.

10. What is the likely outcome of my case?

Always ask the attorney about your chances of winning the case. Remember, you are simply asking for an honest answer, which is well within your rights. For example, let us assume that you are facing an uphill battle in a nasty divorce case, you will want your lawyer Coquitlam to inform you upfront about the case so that you can prepare yourself for what lies ahead.

Learn more about our Coquitlam lawyers here for more information:

Laughlin & Company Lawyers Mediators
2300-2850 Shaughnessy St
Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 6K5
(604) 945-4370

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A dissolution of marriage does not end the relationship between you and your former spouse.

Rather, it begins a new, and often painful process of restructuring your relationship. Working together, you can create a new relationship as friends and co-parents of your children. This process, however, requires time. You should be aware of the various stages which may be encountered along the way. These may occur separately or simultaneously.Read more here about the phases you can expect and how to best cope.

The decision to separate is not always two-sided. This can be a very difficult time for everyone involved, especially when children are part of the process. Both former partners experience a wide range of emotions, some of which may include a sense of loss, grief, pain, anger and a sense of failure. No matter what, it takes time to go through this process and it’s important to acknowledge and deal with your feelings.

Separation and divorce are experienced differently by the person that makes the decision to leave and their partner. Men and women also experience this situation differently.

  • The partner who chooses to leave may experience more guilt, where as the one that is left can feel rejected.
  • Often women feel more fear around their security and financial support where as men can feel more helpless and lonely.
  • All these negative emotions can lead to resentment and anger, which need to be dealt with constructively.
  • For others there can be an enormous sense of relief.

Taking care of yourself is important, not only for yourself but also for your children. Both parents need to be able to help their children through this time and be there for them when they need you.

San Diego County Family Law

Family law refers to laws governing marriage, divorce (including child custody, child support, alimony, and paternity), and adoption.

Divorce

A divorce is defined as the legal dissolution of a marriage. There are two types of divorce: absolute divorce and limited divorce. A marriage can also be dissolved through an annulment.

When a couple divorces, there are several issues that many need to be resolved. These include:

  • Custody of the Children – The court chooses which parent will take custody of the children and decides on visitation arrangements.
  • Monetary Support for the Children – The determination of child support payments is often an issue of available resources.
  • Alimony Payments – The divorce court judge can rule that one divorcee must make recurring payments to the other.

This is a trying time emotionally for all parties involved, having an experienced and caring family lawyer is important to help ease you through this major transition in your life.Hoppes & Associates can help you through this difficult period, contact us today for information specific to your case.