How do I choose a good family lawyer?

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What to look for in a good Family lawyer.

How Do You Find The Best Family Lawyer?
Choosing the best family lawyer during your divorce is very important, helping you reach the best outcome, understand the process and make the most appropriate decision.

The right family lawyer can mean a faster, less expensive and less emotionally taxing process.

To make the choice for the best family lawyer, you need to know what to look for.

Not many people facing a marriage break-up have previous experience in legal matters of any kind, much less in the legal aspects of a divorce, so it can be difficult to know exactly how to go about finding the right person to guide you through the process.

if you identify that you need a family lawyer, the next question is which one do you choose? This can be daunting, as it is very possible that you may not have retained a lawyer before and you are having to make important decisions on your own, whilst emotions are running high and you have lots of separation issues to deal with.

To help you here are my tips on how you should choose the right family lawyer in Melbourne, or wherever you live:

How to know which family lawyer to choose

Choose an Exclusive Family Lawyer
There are many lawyers around but they don’t all practice family law. I recommend looking for a lawyer who exclusively practices family law. Family law is a huge area of law that is ever evolving; it takes an expert to support you properly on your family law journey.

Get a family lawyer referral
If you have been lucky enough to have a recommendation from family and friend that is a great foot to start on. If not, then you can turn to Google and you can get a good feel for the firm and their values from their website. Alternatively, you can ask on single mum groups, such as the Single Mum Vine, to see if anyone has experienced the services of a good lawyer in your area.

Interview Your Lawyer
You are entitled to interview a few lawyers before you retain one. This will give you a good idea of who you would like to work with. Be prepared with your list of questions prior to each interview and take your time to get a ‘feel’ for how they work.

The choice of a divorce lawyer is crucial to the outcome of your case and the way it progresses. It is common for individuals to change lawyers during the course of their case. In fact, Leach Legal are often involved in cases, which were first handled by another lawyer, and clients then come to us mid-process to close their case.

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Here are Leach Legal’s top 10 tips on choosing a family divorce lawyer:

Identify the need for a divorce lawyer
Firstly consider your situation. Do you actually need a lawyer or is it possible to come to an amicable agreement with your ex-partner? At Leach Legal, we suggest an initial consultation with an experienced lawyer to ensure you’re fully informed on all your legal rights and are given direction on the best way to proceed.

Ask for a referral
Many professionals meet and work with divorce lawyers in the course of their work and are often a good source of referral. Ask if they can recommend the name of a family lawyer with a good reputation, whose qualifications and experience are most appropriate to your case. You may also have friends or family members who have been divorced. Ask them how their lawyer or their partner’s lawyer handled their divorce, if they have any words of advice or if they can recommend a divorce lawyer to you. At Leach Legal, 68% of our clients come to us as a result of a referral from their family member, friend or colleague.

Identify your budget
Most divorce lawyers bill for their services based on an hourly rate. Few accept a fixed fee based on the total amount of time and labour they think their case requires as it is difficult to predict how any case will play out and the amount of time required to finalise a case. At Leach Legal, ensuring the best outcome is achieved for our clients is our priority. Where possible, we try and avoid litigation cases, which often results in thousands of dollars of savings.

Be realistic
Divorce is a legal process which includes dividing your assets with your partner and resolving child-related issues. Your divorce lawyer’s role is to represent you to the best of their ability in the legal process. While you may want them to listen to your anger, frustration and sadness – that is not their role. Be realistic about the role of your divorce lawyer and what you can expect from him or her.

Beware of the red flags
Unfortunately, some lawyers will tell you the best likely outcome, but not the worst likely outcome and try to tell you what you want to hear. Make sure the lawyer you choose gives you all the possible outcomes, both good and bad, and treats you with the respect and attention you deserve.

We have also created a list of the best family lawyers in Melbourne.

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