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September 30, 2019

Questions to Ask When Choosing a Family Law Attorney

questions to ask when choosing a Charleston SC Family Law Attorney

Family law matters involving divorce, child custody, alimony, adoption and domestic violence can be extremely emotional. The outcome of your case will also have a significant impact on your life — as well as the lives of your children and other family members — for years to come. Consequently, choosing the right lawyer to represent you is a crucial decision. A compassionate, experienced attorney will handle your situation with the skill and care it requires while always keeping your best interests in mind.

At Lauren Taylor Law, we recognize that selecting a lawyer can be a challenging task. We’ve developed a list of questions to ask when choosing a family law attorney that can simplify the process and help you make an informed decision.

Is the attorney an expert in family law?

Some lawyers attempt to be a “jack of all trades” and will take on virtually any case. It’s better to choose an attorney who focuses much of their practice on family law matters (especially those that are similar to your situation) to ensure you receive the expert representation you deserve.

Do you feel comfortable with the attorney?

You should be able to tell during an initial consultation with a lawyer if your personalities mesh. If they don’t, you’ll probably have a difficult time developing the trusting relationship that’s essential in family law cases.

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Are you getting satisfactory answers to your questions?

You’ll probably have a lot of questions about your case, especially in the beginning. A professional family law attorney will take the time to answer them thoroughly and make sure you understand all the steps in the legal process.

Is the lawyer accessible?

Questions and issues can arise at any time. The inability to get a prompt answer causes additional stress and keeps you in the dark. Ask the attorney about their process for keeping in touch with you as your case progresses and how you can reach them quickly if you need immediate help.

Does the attorney explain all of your options?

Most family law cases will present several legal avenues that you and your attorney can pursue. A capable attorney will help you weigh the pros and cons of each option and articulate a strategy that is most likely to produce the best outcome for your situation.

Does the attorney have sufficient courtroom experience?

Your case could require you and your attorney to attend multiple hearings and possibly go to trial. Your lawyer should be willing and able to represent you in front of a judge and jury if necessary.

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How much will it cost to hire the attorney?

Fees can vary widely from one attorney to another. Your lawyer should be willing to discuss costs upfront so you’ll know if their services will fit your budget. Discuss the possibility of working out a mutually agreeable payment arrangement if necessary.

Contact Our Office to Learn More

Lauren Taylor Law has extensive experience in handling all types of family law cases in the Greenville, South Carolina, area. Contact us to learn more about the best questions to ask when choosing a family law attorney.