When a person decides to pursue a legal case necessitates representation by an attorney I think the most important step in that process is when the attorney is actually hired. Yes, the actual case itself is critical. The outcome of the case is important as well. However, you cannot get to any of those steps with any degree of confidence without selecting the right attorney for your case. You may be an expert in the area of law in question but without guidance from the right attorney for you in your case you will not be able to accomplish as much as you would like.
Developing a relationship with your attorney in their office is an important part of selecting and hiring an attorney. Depending on the type of legal matter that you are interested in pursuing this may be the most important step of all. Consider that in a divorce case your attorney's office will become your advocate, your support system, your family in many ways and a huge piece of the puzzle in determining the future of you and your children. Being comfortable with your attorney in their staff is a huge part of this process.
What does it take to feel comfortable and confident in hiring an attorney? If you have never hired a lawyer before and feel uneasy about even getting involved in the process where do you begin? These are questions that I have observed many people who have walked into our law practice embody. This isn't their fault and it should not be expected that every person feels at home in a lawyer’s office. In fact, I would argue that if you feel comfortable in the lawyer’s office when you walk in for the first time they would be in the minority. Hiring a lawyer is an unfamiliar experience and can be intimidating for some.
My point in discussing this at the beginning of today's blog post is to let you know that you cannot use these deterrents as excuses when it comes to your responsibility in Hiring an attorney who is well suited for you in your case. Especially in a matter like a divorce, where the outcome is extremely personal to you, you need to do your due diligence and develop a level of comfort with you are attorney and the legal system as a whole. I believe that by selecting the right attorney he or she will guide you and show you how to become comfortable with this process we call divorce.
The added difficulties associated with the coronavirus pandemic when hiring an attorney
On top of all the subject matter we have covered already in today's blog post we also need to devote some time to discussing the coronavirus pandemic in its impact on your ability to interview, higher and eventually meet with a divorce attorney on a regular basis. By now we have all become familiar with the general guidelines that the government and businesses alike seem to want to practice. Those would include social distancing, hand washing, even wearing masks in certain situations. No matter what your particular opinion is on these matters the fact is that this is our reality for now and I'm going to write to his blog post with these realities in mind.
Earlier in the pandemic many businesses, ourselves included, stopped having employees come into the office due to concerns for the safety of our community and our employees. Months ago, we had no real idea about how deadly the virus was or how easily it could be transmitted from person to person. Out of the abundance of caution local governments issued stay at home orders that had varying impacts on our community. While since then local governments have lost the ability to issue state home orders like these the fact is that many people are not comfortable coming out into public quite yet. If you fall into this category and still want to proceed with the divorce, then you may believe that you are caught in tricky circumstances.
However, you will be glad to find out that you do not need to sacrifice your mental health or physical well-being in order to proceed with the divorce. As we will discuss later in today's blog post technology is your friend in this regard and our office seeks to utilize technology to the greatest extent possible in order to allow for you to begin a divorce and complete your case with his little difficulty is possible.
Before we discuss the use of technology in the ability for you to meet with your divorce attorney virtually, I would like to devote some more time to discussing the important subject of hiring a divorce attorney and how important it is to take this step seriously. Not all attorneys are created equal and the importance of your ability and willingness to interview and select the right attorney for you and your family cannot be understated. If you would like some guidance on that process, then you have come to the right place.
Finding the right divorce attorney for you and your family
Living in a big city like Houston and in the greater metropolitan area if you do not live within the city limits can be a mixed blessing when it comes to hiring an attorney. If you are strongly considering filing for divorce from your spouse right now, then it has probably crossed your mind that you will need an attorney. While you are certainly able to file for divorce and get divorced from your spouse without hiring an attorney I would not recommend doing so. Divorces can be very difficult, time consuming and emotional on a level that you may not anticipate. These factors come into play during your divorce in anytime. And can be especially difficult during tough times like we're going through right now.
Couple that with the disruption the coronavirus shut down have caused on local courts and you have a situation where the guidance of an experienced family law attorney is more important now than ever. The key is to hire an attorney who has experience in handling divorce cases. Houston is a city where you will not struggle to find an attorney who is willing to take your divorce case. All you need to do is go up and down any major street in our city and you will find many, many attorneys who are being advertised by signs on the street. The question that you need to ask yourself is whether or not the first attorney you find is the one that you should settle on.
My first piece of advice is to only consider hiring family law attorneys to represent you in your divorce. A divorce is a kind of case than any lawyer who has a general practice we tell you that he or she is competent to handle. However, unless your attorney has a great deal of experience in handling divorces, I would not bother interviewing him or her. Like any area of the law or any area of life, experience matters. All of the confidence, fancy clothes or fancy offices in the world cannot make up for experience, if you are interviewing an attorney and he or she has not representing many clients and divorces and taking those clients all the way through the end of the case then I wouldn't even bother continuing the interview.
Once you have determined that you are meeting with a family law attorney with experience handling divorce cases like yours then you should ask more specific questions about the types of divorces he or she is handled. For instance, if your divorce case involves many children then you should ask the attorney if he or she has handled divorce cases or clients have had children that need to be cared for like yours do. On the other hand, if you have no children but have a large community estate that will need to be divided between you and your spouse then you should inquire as to how that attorney has handled situations like yours in the past.
There is nothing wrong with a young or inexperienced attorney trying to learn the ropes in order to develop a practice of their own. All the attorneys start out at that point whether they are solo practitioners or begin working for an established law firm. However, I do not recommend you being the person to help that attorney gain experience. If you want to help a local business just starting out, then you can buy a pizza from a new restaurant in your neighborhood. However, I wouldn't buy the legal services of a new attorney in the same way.
Utilizing technology to help you select and meet with the right family law attorney
Here is where we get to discuss how you can keep yourself healthy during this time period but also take advantage of the opportunities to meet with your family law attorney. Let me begin by saying that I believe most family law attorneys in our area have open offices and are perfectly happy and eager to meet with you in person. I can tell you that our law practice is taking every step possible to keep our community, our visitors and our employees healthy. All of the strict requirements that any other business would employ such as mask wearing hand washing and the cleaning of our office meticulously is in use. We have been welcoming clients into our office for weeks in our employees having back at work during the same time period.
So, if you want to meet face to face with a family law attorney then I can assure you that our office is here to help you in that regard. However, if you prefer for now to meet with your attorney virtually that our office is here to tell you that we can assist you in that regard as well. For instance, if you are just starting out in our beginning your search for a lawyer our office offers free of charge consultations with one of our licensed family law attorneys over the phone, in person. We have done our best to be as accommodating as we can to the needs of our clients and our community.
If after careful search in time committed to looking for an attorney you have decided to hire our law practice I can again tell you that we will take every measure possible to be as communicative and available to you as you would like in need at this time. Just because we're in a pandemic right now does not change the overall pace or feel of your divorce case by all that much. The fact is that divorce cases have time periods where they are very busy and you would be in contact with your attorney much more frequently. However, the vast majority of divorces have lulls where you will not need to be in contact with your attorney as frequently.
Your specific divorce will determine the frequency with which you will need to be in contact with your attorney. I won't attempt to guess at your specific case because I do not know your specific circumstances. However, generally speaking the more willing you and your spouse are to negotiate and work through your disagreements together generally help reduce the hours that need to be spent in your case and the interaction that you need to have with your attorney. With that said, if you need a divorce attorney right now then our office is here to serve you.
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