So, you’ve made the decision that it’s time to hire a lawyer. Great decision. I can’t tell you how important it is to have a great lawyer on your side.
But how do you decide which lawyer is right for you?
You may have been given a referral from a friend. Or, you might not have any friends who have needed a lawyer so you are left to search Google to try and find someone who is going to fit your needs.
First step, create a short list of questions you need answers to. But here is the tip. Don’t make them generic, like how does the family law system work? Or, how do we work out who keeps what? They are great questions. But everyone asks those questions and lawyers can answer those questions in their sleep.
If you are going to work with a lawyer, the person you are going to have to trust to guide you through the uncertainties that follow separation, you want to make them work hard and prove that they are good enough to be given the privilege of being your lawyer.
So, make the questions specific to you. Questions like:
- What steps do I need to take today to protect myself and my kids financially? What steps should I take today, this week?
- How are you going to help me to feel less insecure?
- Do you have tools that I can use today to start solving some of my problems?
- I can’t reach an agreement with my partner about the kids. What should I do? When? How?
If you find a lawyer who listens to you, provides answers to your questions and is focused on solving your problems quickly and efficiently, a lawyer that is prepared to give you a clear plan so that you can see a way to a settlement agreement with your former partner, then you just may have found the best lawyer for you.
If you don’t feel like the lawyer has listened to you and was really prepared to give you answers which were not generic, then talk to another lawyer, or even a couple of lawyers. It is important to get the right fit.
Finally, every lawyer has an obligation to tell you what they are going to charge you for the work that has to be completed. And, they must do that in writing. Make sure that you get the fee estimate in writing and that you read it carefully before you give the lawyer further instructions. Ask for a further explanation about the costs agreement if there is something that you don’t understand. It is important that you understand the contract that you are entering into with the lawyer, and that there are no financial surprises along the way.
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Sydney Law Group is an experienced team of family lawyers who want to help. We want to help people who need us in their corner so they can lead their best lives. This equates to us striving for exceptional knowledge and service levels, and to truly having our client’s best interests at heart. We are able to do this because at our very core we are listeners, strategists, fighters and damn good lawyers. We are thinking, feeling and acting from our very core, our guts, our brains and our hearts to find and provide a solution bespoke and befitting to our client’s problem each and every time.
We exist to help you through this difficult time and to guide you to a positive outcome without extra emotional or financial stress. We’re on your side, every step of the way.
Call us for a confidential chat on (02) 8819 4399 or contact us by email. We’re here to help.
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Disclaimer: This article provides general information of an introductory nature and is not intended and should not be relied upon as a substitute for legal or other professional advice. While every care has been taken in the production of this article, no legal responsibility or liability is accepted, warranted or implied by the authors or Sydney Law Group and any liability is hereby expressly disclaimed.