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How to Choose a Divorce Lawyer

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How to Choose a Divorce Lawyer
Getting the RIGHT lawyer can ensure your rights are protected every step of the way.

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A lawyer’s website will usually have information concerning his or her qualifications and accomplishments, but don’t be afraid to ask questions.

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Some lawyers restrict their divorce practices to representing only men or only women. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with that, but I doubt that it gives such lawyers any additional insights or expertise. If a woman feels more comfortable with a female lawyer, fine; as I said, it’s vital that the lawyer and the client are compatible in a personal sense. But there’s no reason that a woman needsa female lawyer, or a man needs a male lawyer.

DON'T LET FEES FOOL YOU

Legal fees are a big issue in most divorce cases. If at all possible, you shouldn’t automatically choose a lawyer based on his or her fees. A higher fee does not guarantee that the lawyer is worth it, but on the other hand a low fee is not necessarily a bargain. You don’t want to overpay, but you want the case handled properly.

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Because people often file for divorce when things have reached a crisis stage in their marriage, it’s understandable that the decision to hire a lawyer can be made hastily. But it’s worth taking a few days or a few weeks to get recommendations, check out websites and credentials, meet with prospective candidates, and find the person who’s going to be there for you when you need someone on your side. And, like it or not, you’ll never need someone on your side more than you will in a divorce.

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