To be sure, a good divorce attorney provides excellent results for their clients. The details associated with what excellent results are can certainly mean different things to different people. The reason for that is that every divorce case is so unique. You and your family are going through different circumstances did anyone else in their family who is currently going through a divorce. As a result, you cannot assume that what makes an attorney great for you and your family will also make that attorney great for your neighbor or a coworker. Any person who goes through a divorce needs to be able to understand this. Hiring a divorce attorney is not a one size fits all situation.
As a result, it is not enough to seek out recommendations from the Internet or even from close friends about a divorce attorney. The reason being is that you need to be able to feel confident that the lawyer understands your situation and is capable of handling matters related to your case. For the most part, you can perform a great deal of research about an attorney simply by clicking through their website. All you need to do is take the time to review my chief find in to determine whether this person looks like someone that you would feel comfortable representing.
However, I would not stop there as far as determining whether the attorney is the right person for you and your family. Rather, it is necessary to do more and to think critically about any attorney that you are interested in hiring. The simple truth is that while you are never stuck with an attorney for the duration of your divorce it is much easier to make a good decision initially about what they turn into higher rather than find yourself in a position where you are having to higher Boyer based on your former attorney not performing well or simply not being a good fit. And a great deal of money.
The difficulty in all of this is that you probably are not someone who has a great deal of experience when it comes to hiring attorneys. Hopefully, this is your first and last experience with having to go through a divorce. Depending upon the status of your case you may not have much time to decide about hiring a lawyer. For instance, suppose that your spouse has filed for divorce against you. If you have a hearing date or other type of filing deadline coming up then you may not have as much time as you would like to decide on hiring a lawyer. In that case, you need to make the best decision possible for yourself and your family while also considering subjects like your budget.
When you find yourself in a position where you are having to balance many competing interests such as time, money, expertise, and a host of other factors it is important for you to be able to get a good start to the process and two learn as much as you can as quickly as possible. What do you have to develop again the plan then you will have the confidence to make decisions for yourself and your family? That is what I hope you will gain from reading today’s blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan.
In today’s blog post from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, we are going to discuss what qualities make a good divorce attorney? This is, as we have already discussed, a tricky question to ask given that I don’t know anything specific about your divorce circumstances period since your divorce case will be as unique as you are you should take what I have to say with the creative salt. However, I believe that from a general standpoint the information we are going to share today will be helpful to you and your family. You can certainly take the general information you provide today and extrapolate that into deciding about what is in any way it is not in your best interest as far as representation in a divorce child custody case.
It would be reasonable to expect that you would have some questions after reading through today’s blog post. As such, if you do have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the attorneys with the law office of Brian they did. Our licensed family law attorneys offer free of charge consultation six days a week in person at our three Houston area locations, over the phone, and via video. These consultations are a great way for you to learn more about the world of Texas family law as well as about how your family circumstances may be impacted by the filing of a divorce or child custody case.
With that said, let’s spend some time discussing what qualities I believe you should be looking out for in a potential attorney for your divorce case. No matter what kind of circumstances you are in or what kind of attorney you think that you need I believe that the following are going to be winning attributes for you and your attorney regardless of what specific things you are dealing with in your family or your personal life.
Does the attorney have the heart of a teacher?
Ask someone who has spent over a decade as a practicing attorney, I like to think that I’m familiar with the advertising practices of attorneys in our area, especially in the field of family law. When you look through the websites for the different family law attorneys in Southeast Texas one of the first things that you will come to notice is that there are a lot of us. This is both an advantage and a disadvantage for you as a potential consumer of family law services in a divorce. This is how I believe that it can be both a good and bad thing for you to have so many options available to you when it comes to family law representation in our area.
First, when you have options then you can make better decisions for yourself. Whether you are negotiating within your divorce case or simply trying to figure out where to go to dinner with your family, having options available to you it’s a good thing given that with more options you can consider what is and what is not a good option is. From there, you can better adjust your thinking and arrive at a decision that is best for you and your family. This is no different than anything else in life. Selecting a divorce attorney from several options certainly puts you in a position where you can make a better decision for yourself than if you were limited as far as your options.
The reality is, that attorneys with our law office or any other law office for that matter may not be right for you. This may not be what you expected to hear in today’s blog post, but it is the truth. Not every attorney is going to suit you, your personality, the circumstances of your case, or anything else perfectly well. With that said, you should prepare as diligently as possible for any opportunity that you have to talk to an experienced family law attorney. From there, you can make determinations about which attorney you would like to hire after meeting with a handful of lawyers. Our attorneys always recommend that you meet with at least one other attorney before deciding about what lawyer to hire for your divorce. That way you can gain a better understanding of what services different attorneys might offer as well as who you feel more comfortable with.
The most important quality an attorney should possess is not necessarily a tough demeanor or all the experience in the world. Don’t get me wrong: being tough on an opposing party or attorney as well as having a great deal of experience handling divorce matters such as your own are not bad qualities to have whatsoever. However, it would be foolish to say that these are the only qualities that you should look for in a lawyer. Having a heart of a teacher is important in my opinion because from there you will better be able to learn about Texas family law and most importantly how the law interacts with your specific circumstances in a case. And the attorney who does not know your case but knows the law backward and forwards is of no help to you. Rather, you need to be able to make sure that an attorney not only has your best interests at heart but knows the law and knows how to communicate the law to you in an understandable fashion.
Many people get the wrong idea about a divorce case that it is the attorney who makes decisions. In some people’s minds, the attorney makes all the decisions and the person going through the divorce is just along for the ride. It is almost as if the attorneys driving the taxi and you as the person going through the divorce are merely along for the ride. This could not be further from how it should be in an ideal world. After all, the divorce you are going through is your own. I tell clients all the time that at the end of the day your attorney will go home to their family or their situation. You are the one who is left with the consequences of your decision-making regarding every family law matter you are going through. As a result, you should be the one who makes the decisions in your case.
The way you make educated decisions in a divorce case is to be guided by and it’s 30 who understands how to teach you about the law. Think back to your time when you were in school. Whether it was high school or college, middle school or elementary school I’m willing to bet that you knew teachers that were great at what they did and who differed greatly on how they communicated ideas and concepts to you. The same can be said about effective attorney communication. Different attorneys communicate differently for better or worse. If you can find an attorney who communicates well and teaches you important concepts about the law, then you will be in good shape as far as being able to make good decisions in your case and help yourself a great deal in that regard.
Does your attorney listen?
Have you ever gone to the doctor or sat down with an attorney? If you have, then you probably know first-hand that it may seem to you that attorneys and doctors are not great listeners. Most of the time, the attorney or doctor will appear to be in an extremely rushed state of mind and will give you only a few moments of their time before they leave the room or otherwise seem preoccupied. I think all of us at one time or another have fallen victim to a person who seems like they have someplace better to be. When you are looking for an attorney to represent you in a difficult divorce case, this is not exactly the best impression for an attorney to make.
It is no excuse for an attorney to never listen to you as a client. All of us are busy period you are busy. However, many attorneys will simply assume that their time is more valuable than their clients and as a result, they will not be great listeners. Instead, an attorney will build a general idea about a client in their case and then make determinations and recommendations based on that general assumption. This is extremely dangerous and is something that the attorneys with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan work to never do in our representing clients just like you. Rather, our attorneys take the time to learn about you as an individual and as much about your family as possible. From there, we can help make recommendations for you and guide you to make decisions that are best for you and your family.
However, our attorneys cannot make these kinds of recommendations and cannot provide this kind of guidance without first being able to sit and listen to what you are going through. It is by listening to you that our attorneys will learn what circumstances you were going through and what kind of recommendations we need to make as far as providing you with information and helpful advice. One size fit all is not a good approach in a divorce. Rather, our attorneys are diligent listeners to our clients on top of that. Do not expect to receive one size fits all advice from one of our lawyers. We work with you to make sure that we have All the available information before making recommendations for you and your family within your divorce case.
If you select the Law Office of Bryan Fagan to work with, we have a team of support staff, legal assistants, and paralegals who can help you communicate with your attorney. We like to make sure that our attorneys and staff know the best ways to contact you throughout the week. For example, if you prefer to be contacted by e-mail or by phone you should let our office know that. We can also arrange times each week for you to speak to your attorney, especially during busy times in your case. However, at the same time, we understand that regular updates are an important part of a divorce case. As such, we will strive to Please provide you with updates on your case so that you know what is ongoing. This is true even in slow times in case we’re not much at all going on.
Finally, it is important for any attorney that you are considering hiring to be fully transparent with you. This is regarding all things related to representation. Including legal fees, strategy in negotiation, and ultimately in providing advice that is centered around what is best for you and not what is best for the attorney or their bottom line. Our attorneys will strive to share with you as much information as we can regarding attorney’s fees from the beginning of your case. We want you to understand where your money is going and how we build our clients. We think that this is a great way to begin a relationship from a perspective of trust between you and our attorneys. If you can trust where your money goes then we believe that you can trust us in your case. Being transparent with clients is a key attribute of hiring an attorney for your divorce.
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