[Video Graphic] How to Find a Good Divorce Attorney

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Finding the right attorney is one of the most important steps you can take when it comes to involvement in a legal matter. Especially when dealing with a matter as sensitive and personal as divorce, having the best representation possible makes a big difference.

What is the key to find a good divorce attorney?

The key to finding the right divorce attorney in Arizona is finding someone that is knowledgable and competent to represent you. Your attorney should be someone who is willing to do whatever he or she can to make sure that your case is settled amicably. And if you have to go to court, your attorney should be able to aggressively advocate for your interests.

How important is your relationship?

Your attorney is going to be your advocate who fights for your best interests, which means that you are going to have to have a very good relationship with your attorney in order for that to happen. It is important that you trust your attorney and that you feel comfortable enough to tell him or her the truth and the facts about your case.

Your attorney is the person that is there to represent your interests, and he or she needs to know everything that is going on. Therefore, your relationship needs to be at a place where you are comfortable telling your attorney everything he or she needs to know. Because you are going to be communicating with your lawyer quite frequently during a divorce case, it is in your best interest to make sure you have a good connection with this person from the beginning.

What should you look for when choosing an attorney?

If this is the first time you have ever had to hire a lawyer, there are a few things you should keep an eye out for. Everyone knows that there are good and bad attorneys out there, and it doesn’t hurt to trust your gut when considering your options. The important thing is that you find the perfect fit for you and your situation.

One of the first things you need to look at is whether your attorney is going to be responsive or not. How quickly does he or she return your phone calls? How quickly is your attorney able to set you up for a consultation? If you do not feel like you are at the top of his or her priorities list in the beginning then that may not change down the line. 

How important are realistic expectations?

Here is one of the major points that separates the good from the bad attorneys. Just as you should be truthful with your attorney, your attorney should always be truthful with you as well. One way to determine if an attorney is right for you is to make sure he or she is setting realistic expectations for you and your case.

Certainly everyone wants to go in to their attorney’s office and have him or her tell them they are going to win the moon and the stars, but unfortunately that is not always the case. And it is not realistic. You want to ensure that your attorney is setting realistic expectations. The right attorney for you will give you the pros and cons of certain types of claims or positions, and will always be candid with you on the likelihood of success in your case.

Why should you consider reputation?

A good reputation is hard to buy, and a bad reputation is hard to hide, which means you should keep your ear to the ground when choosing your attorney. You need to make sure your attorney has a good reputation. Well, what does that really mean? It means do your research. Do your due diligence. You wouldn’t necessarily go with the first doctor you had a consultation with, would you? Especially if you heard about someone else having a bad experience with him.

Similarly, when picking the right attorney for your case, you need to do your research, and even some digging, if necessary. Find out whether the family law attorney has had any ethical issues in the past and look at reviews online. There are certain websites out there, such as Avvo.com and others, that can give you really good insight into whether your attorney is competent and is going to do a good job for you during your case.