You need to ask important questions to make sure that you feel comfortable with the person you choose.
Don’t be hesitant to interview more than one attorney! Below are a few questions you should ask during your interview:
1. Are you licensed in the state of Texas?
This question seems pretty obvious, but you do need to make sure that your divorce attorney is licensed in Texas to handle your divorce case. A lot of problems can arise if he or she is not.
2. How many years have you been practicing divorce law?
Experience is one of the most important factors when choosing a lawyer to represent you. You want an attorney who has up to date knowledge of the family law process, as well as knowledge of how the judges are typically ruling on various types of family law matters.
3. What is your philosophy and management style as it pertains to handling divorce cases?
You want to know the attorney's preferred strategy or philosophy for handling cases. For example, will the attorney take the less restrictive, most cost effective approach to your case? How an attorney handles your case can significantly affect the fees and costs involved with your divorce.
4. Have you written any publications regarding divorce?
When lawyers write publications and consumer books regarding divorce, it is an indication that they have a good grasp on this area of law and, most likely, they also have quite a bit of experience.
5. How do you handle your billing?
For example, what is the lawyer's hourly rate? What does he or she charge for support staff? Will the lawyer require a retainer? If so, how much and when will the retainer be used? It's important to know when you will be billed. Does the attorney bill monthly? Ask about filing fees and costs and if they are to be paid up front. You never want any surprises when the bill comes, so understand how billing is handled before you hire an attorney.
Although it is important that you feel that your divorce lawyer cares about you and has your best interests in mind, it is essential that he or she has experience in this field. You need to know that your divorce lawyer will fight for you and is knowledgeable in Texas family law.
Asking a lot of questions and doing your homework ahead of time will help you in the long run. Contact us for a free consultation.