Factors to consider when choosing a family law attorney
Selecting the right family law attorney requires some homework on your part. Just like you don’t always get along with all your neighbors or co-workers, you may not always hit it off with every family lawyer. The most successful attorney–client relationships are those where the clients personally interview the lawyer on attitudes, philosophies, ethics and qualifications. If the lawyer is attentive, empathetic and has been recommended to you by a professional or a trusted friend, go to the next step: qualifications. Select a lawyer who has the experience and the expertise to handle your issues. A small estate or divorce with no child custody issues won’t require the most expensive or experienced lawyer. However, if your situation involves complicated issues, always select a board-certified family lawyer. Board certification ensures that your lawyer has been rigorously vetted and has passed a stringent competency exam on the state level. Nationally, look for family lawyers who are members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, comprised of the most distinguished, experienced family trial lawyers in the country.