When you need a lawyer, you may not even know where to begin. There are so many lawyers out there. We see ads on billboards, in magazines, online and on TV. But how do you determine which attorney is the best fit for you? If you find yourself facing a divorce or a lawsuit involving your children, you need a family law attorney. There are many wonderful family law attorneys in Collin County and Denton County, but it’s important that you find an attorney that is right for you. As family law attorneys, we handle cases very dear to our clients: cases involving children, families, adoptions, terminations, etc. It is absolutely critical that clients interview attorneys until they find the right fit for them. Just like one key doesn’t fit every lock, one attorney is not the right fit for every client.
Finding a great attorney
So with all of the options out there, how can you find a great attorney? In addition to researching an attorney online, personal referrals and referrals from attorneys in other areas of law are two great options.
Personal referrals – Talk to people in your community, including friends and family. They may have been in your shoes and know an attorney that they highly recommend. Ask specific questions about any attorneys they refer to you. Get as much information about each referral as possible, narrow down the list based on what you are looking for and then meet or talk with with at least one attorney yourself to see if you agree that he or she will be the right fit.
Lawyer referrals – Another good way to find a great lawyer is to ask another lawyer. You may know a lawyer who handles corporate law but not one who handles family law. Ask that corporate lawyer. That lawyer will almost certainly know some excellent family lawyers. The attorneys at The Draper Law Firm, PC pride ourselves on referring our clients to attorneys in other areas who have integrity and who will be great advocates for their clients. We want to send people to attorneys who we know will take good care of them, and we know most other attorneys feel the same.
What should you look for when choosing an attorney?
Attorneys are definitely not one-size-fits-all. There are a number of factors that may go into deciding which attorney is right for you.
Attorney Philosophy – Finding an attorney with a great general philosophy for handling your types of cases is one of the most important things you can do. Does the attorney prefer to start amicable to try and reach agreements whenever possible? Or does the attorney start aggressive and prefer addressing things in court? The attorney’s philosophy is so important when deciding if that attorney can help you meet your goals, and certain philosophies tend to be a lot more expensive in the long run than others.
Size of Firm – The size of the firm may be an important factor in your decision. Larger firms tend to have more support staff, fancier offices, and partners with lots of litigating experience, but larger firms (especially those experienced partners) usually come with a higher price tag. Smaller firms and solo attorneys may or may not have just as much experience and may or may not provide more personal service. Ask your potential attorney about his or her experience and how other attorneys and support staff in the firm may be involved in your case.
Communication – You have to be able to trust that your family law attorney has your best interest at heart. When the need for a difficult conversation arises, your attorney should be able to deliver the news in a way that resonates with you and take time to thoroughly explain the situation. Communication is key! You want to find an attorney who will communicate with you in a way that is effective, who truly listens to you, and who keeps you updated about what is going on in your case.
A good attorney will advocate for you and focus on your best interests and your goals. By doing your due diligence, you can find an attorney that will be the best fit for you.