When you need a lawyer you need to take your time and find one that will be able to handle the type of case you have. Not all lawyers practice family law, and not all lawyers will represent all types of family law cases.
When you need a lawyer to help you with a matter of family law you are more than likely going to be emotionally stressed by the situation you are in. Do not allow your emotions to cloud your judgment. Research the law firms in your area and consider your options carefully.
1. Ask friends and family to make referrals
You more than likely have at least one family member, or one friend that has had a reason in the past to hire a family law attorney. You trust your family and friends, and they will be honest with you about the divorce attorney, their fees, their office practices, and the way they treat their clients. This may be the most important information that you gather during your attorney search.
2. Look in the local phone directories
The lawyers in your area will be listed in your local phone book. Many of them will have full page advertisements that explain the type of law they practice. The information in these advertisements will be generic, but you can find out the physical address of their offices, and the type of law they practice, and their web address may also be listed. You need to find an attorney that is within an easy travel distance from your home or office.
3. Go to their websites
A divorce attorney will more than likely have a website that their potential clients can visit. The website should have information relating to the credentials of the lawyer, their experience as a family law attorney, their office location, their office hours, and other critical information. They may even have some articles on their site that could give you helpful hints on what you are going through.
4. Read news stories and press releases
Look up the local newspapers from the county that you are going to go to court in and look for articles concerning the lawyer you are considering. You want a lawyer that has had more positive stories printed about them than negative stories. You may also be able to determine the success rate the attorney has had in the past by the news articles you find written about them.
5. Look at social media sites they are on
Check out sites like Twitter, and Facebook, and see if the attorney has an active account. You can often gain valuable insight about a person from what they are willing to post on social networking sites. You will also gain access to comments from former clients, and possibly get a better understanding of the lawyer, and how they treat their clients.
6. Look at online reviews
You can find reviews of a divorce attorney at sites like Avvo, Lawyers.com, and Findlaw that can help you to determine which family law attorney to choose.