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How to Hire a Family Law Attorney

November 17, 2015

Divorce and other family legal issues bring about all sorts of complications that are difficult to deal with alone. It is often times very difficult to know where to turn and who to seek professional legal advice from. Divorce in Indiana and any other state is a difficult legal process and few people have previous experience in dealing with it. Time and time again we hear stories of people wasting both time and resources by choosing the wrong Fort Wayne family law lawyer.

First and foremost: Do you actually need a family law attorney?

  • Are you thinking about divorce or legal separation?
  • Do you need to modify a divorce, child custody or child support agreement?
  • Are you in need of assistance dealing with child custody or child support issues?
  • Thinking about adopting a child?
  • Are you having issues with a restraining order after a divorce?

What to initially look for in a Fort Wayne family law lawyer

It may seem obvious, but definitely take note of the way you are treated when you contact the attorney initially. With any business or service, the way you are treated by a staff often times reflects on the services you are going to receive. In addition to this, you should also look for the following.

  • Look for experience. You want a lawyer that has had success with cases similar to yours.
  • Look for references. Any lawyer should be more than willing to give you references of past clients. You should reach out to them to see what they have to say about the attorney.
  • Look for an office near you.

Narrow down your search to three minimum potential lawyers

All attorneys are different and it is important to choose one that matches up well with your needs. You don’t have to hire the first lawyer you meet. It is suggested that you choose three lawyers at least and interview each one before making your final decision.

Questions to ask

The initial phone interview is a good time to ask an attorney about their specializations, qualifications, and past experience in what you are looking for. This is also a good time to get a feel on the rates they charge and a general idea of what legal approach they will use. The Bellinger Law Office offers an initial consultation, and it is encouraged that you use this time to get as much information as possible.

Overall, you need someone you can trust

Of the utmost importance, you should be comfortable and feel like you are able to trust your lawyer. Don’t ignore your gut feeling. Go with the Fort Wayne family law attorney that you think best matches up with your needs and will give you the best possible outcome.

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