Finding the right divorce attorney can be a challenge. There are many attorneys out there to choose from, but not all might be right for you. It is important to give some thought to what you are looking for in an attorney. Super aggressive? Affordable? Accessible (e.g someone who calls you back)? Office location? These are all items to consider before you make your selection.
Here are some other factors you should consider:
- EXPERIENCE: How many years has the attorney been practicing family law in Clark County, Nevada?
- REFERRAL SOURCE: Ask around to your family and friends and try to obtain a referral from someone who has had experience dealing with a particular attorney
- CREDENTIALS: Ask the attorney about his/her credentials, including: where did they attend law school, are they a member of any professional organizations, are they in good standing with the Nevada and Clark County bar associations. Inquire as to past bar complaints or disciplinary actions that may have been taken against the attorney. You can also contact the Nevada State Bar and ask for information about the attorney.
- FEES: Make sure you understand the attorney=>s fee structure. Ask about the attorney's hourly rate, how many hours they estimate will be needed for your case, what other charges or costs are anticipated, etc. Ask about possible alternative fee arrangements, such as a flat fee arrangement. Ask the attorney for an estimate of the total cost of your case, before he/she begins work. Insist upon a written fee agreement. Make sure you and your attorney are on the same page with respect to the cost of your case.
- COMMUNICATION: Communication with the attorney is key to success. Discuss with the attorney how best to communicate with them: phone, e-mail, text, etc. Some attorneys maintain a busy law practice and are notoriously slow in returning phone calls, etc. Some attorney rely on legal staff to communicate with clients. Be direct. Ask the attorney how he/she intends to communicate with you. Should you expect phone calls to be returned the same day? Ask if there are other members of the attorney's staff who you can speak with who will be familiar with your case. Make sure you discuss with the attorney your expectations regarding future communication.