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Self-Represented Strategies: A Guide to Limited Representation in Divorce - Many who face divorce or paternity issues seek legal assistance that does not cost a fortune. The family court system is complicated and difficult to navigate. Representing yourself may not be the best option, but limited assistance for some aspects of your situation may be effective and affordable...
What Should I Ask At My Initial Consultation? - You will likely need to share many intimate personal details with your attorney, so before you hire one, ensure that the attorney is a good fit - both personally and professionally...
Ways to Increase Attorney Fees or Ways to End Up With Outrageous Attorney Fees - Try to be as emotional as possible with your attorney. Every time you see or talk to your attorney, let them know what a lousy person your spouse is. Let them know that you do not deserve to be treated this way. Let your attorney know that the other side is the scum of the earth...
Marriage in India - Divorce in Virginia - The majority of the time, the Indian clients who come to me get married in India. For a multitude of reasons, the marriage unfortunately does not work out, and the parties decided to get a divorce...
Weigh All Options in Choosing a Divorce Attorney - If you make the decision to divorce, securing a good divorce attorney to represent and protect your rights is the next step. Because divorce law varies by state and even by county, it is wise to hire an experienced, reputable divorce lawyer that is well-versed in the local laws...
How Do You Find and Select a Good Lawyer? - It's very important that the attorney you work with has experience and is specializing in the specific areas that are of interest to you and that you want to pursue...
What Is a Retainer? - A retainer is a sum of money given to a lawyer to secure his or her services. Traditionally, the purpose of the retainer was to "retain" the attorney for oneself, so that he or she would be prevented for acting on behalf of the adversary
What You Can Reasonably Expect From Your Attorney - In order to become an attorney, an individual needs to graduate from college, complete law school, and pass a bar examination specific to the state where he or she hopes to practice. Additionally, most states require attorneys to pass an ethical examination...
Need a Good Lawyer? Who Do You Call? - Who hasn't heard the old adage "a person who represents himself has a fool for a client"? You may not want to represent yourself for obvious reasons but the question remains as to how do you find a good lawyer?...
Divorce Is More Than Just Legalities - All too often divorce professionals view divorce as just a series of legal proceedings. Divorce papers are served and filed with the court, attorneys request additional paperwork from the other party, the couple has court-mandated dates to meet and parenting classes to attend, attorneys negotiate with the opposing side, and ultimately, sooner or later, the divorce is final...
Divorce Lawyer or Divorce Coach? - Getting divorced? Hiring a lawyer can be an expensive undertaking, especially in this economy. Depending on the type of issues that need to be resolved, you may be able to hire a lawyer to simply "coach" you through the process. If so, this could save you thousands of dollars...
A Fistful of Dollars - We are often asked how expensive it is to get divorced. We know our clients mean the cost of professionals to manage the divorce, not property division or support issues. Like most professionals, divorce mediators are compensated for the time they spend in providing services...
How a Divorce Lawyer Can Help a Marriage - During the past few years, my divorce practice has been transitioning - from a practice that helps people get divorces, to (at times) a practice that helps people stay married. In fact, recently when asked what I did for a living, I heard myself saying that I was a "marriage lawyer". Was it a Freudian slip? Can someone be a "marriage lawyer"?...
Finding the Right Divorce Lawyer - Ready, Set, Go - With literally thousands of licensed attorneys practicing in your area and numerous Yellow Page advertisements, phone book listings, and directories seeking your business, how does one go about choosing the right divorce attorney...
Four Behaviors to Avoid to Reduce Divorce Costs - The overall cost of your divorce can be impacted by several behaviors you may be able to control. When a marriage dissolves there are several important topics that need to be addressed and sorted out, such as child custody, visitation, division of property, and support...
Enhancing Communication With Your Attorney - There are several ways in which you can communicate with your divorce lawyer, but some methods may be more effective than others. When a marriage dissolves there are several important topics that need to be discussed and sorted out, such as child custody, visitation, division of property, and support...
Qualifications to Consider in Hiring Your Lawyer - Assuming that you have several prospective divorce lawyers in mind to handle your divorce or custody case, you must investigate the qualifications of each attorney. Before investigating the qualifications of your candidates, you would be wise to set the bar on the minimum qualifications...
Five Traits to Consider in Hiring a Lawyer - The characteristics of a divorce lawyer are important to consider when seeking legal representation. Whether your divorce is highly contested or whether you are close to settling all or most of the major issues pertaining to your divorce such as child custody, visitation, division of property, and support, the following characteristics of a prospective divorce lawyer...
Attorney-Client Retainer Agreements - You're in an attorney's office and are about to sign a retainer agreement with the attorney, but do you really have a clear understanding of the agreement? Before entering into an agreement, you would be wise to consider the following points...
Assisting Your Attorney - Your attorney will never know as much about your case as you do. Just because you are not a lawyer, doesn't mean that you can't provide valuable assistance throughout your divorce. Although your attorney can obtain information through legal means, there are ways that you can help and save them time, and that equates to saving money...
Your Spouses Attorney - There are many important players in your divorce. One who can greatly expedite or delay the process is your spouse's attorney. They can be the best thing that could ever happen to your case or the worst...
It's Time To Hire An Attorney - Most people avoid being sued or suing anyone their entire life, but now you need an attorney. You don't need just any attorney. You need an experienced divorce attorney. A divorce can affect your future for many years...
I Want to Represent Myself - In an uncontested divorce where all documents may be prepared by one spouse's attorney, there are those individuals who will not hire an attorney to review the documents prior to signing them...
How to Choose the Right Lawyer - You open up the phone book and are faced with so many ads for divorce lawyers you have no idea who to call. Divorce is scary because you have heard so many stories from your friends about how nasty and expensive their own divorce was...
The Importance of Divorce Education for Helping Professionals - Most professional training programs are committed to training intelligent and responsible professionals. However, there is a surprising lack of training to guide counselors, therapists, doctors and others in how best to help people through the divorce process...
Sample Attorney/Client Employment Agreement - The attorney's fee is based upon the amount of time devoted to your case. It is impossible to determine in advance how much time will be needed. In addition to John Jones, it may be necessary for other professionals to work on your case...
Liability of the Divorce Litigator - Who ever said that being a divorce attorney is easy? Through our continuing legal education and observance of ethics and rules of professional conduct, we strive to provide the most honest and professional representation of our embattled divorce clients...
Beware of the Rambo Divorce Litigator- Let's Be Sensible - Litigators come in two distinct forms-emotional or intellectual. The old school litigator is one who twists and sensationalizes every minute issue. A skilled trial attorney has the power and opportunity to spin a fact to the level of fantasy...
How To Find The Right Lawyer For You - We live in an age of specialization. Many lawyers concentrate on one area of the law and may have a higher level of expertise to meet your needs. Your matter may not require the highest level of expertise in an area of law and a general practitioner may also be well suited...
Testifying in Divorce Court - When you filed your divorce, you thought you and your spouse would be able to agree upon everything, and you would get a divorce as soon as the minimum waiting period passed. Of course, one of the reasons you wanted a divorce is that your spouse is a very uncooperative person...
How To Hire a Good Divorce Lawyer - Choosing your divorce lawyer can be one of the most important things you do in your divorce. If you want to change to a different lawyer after you have hired one, you may not be able to. Often the judge has to give you permission to change or substitute attorneys...
Should I Get a New Lawyer? - It can be difficult for a client to know whether his or her lawyer is performing well or not. Sometimes even the best of lawyers does not achieve the desired result, and it may be due to a difficult set of facts, a bad judge and/or custody evaluator or guardian ad litem, or unrealistic expectations...
Your Lawyer - How To Find The Right Lawyer For You - We live in an age of specialization. Many lawyers concentrate on one area of the law and may have a higher level of expertise to meet your needs. Your matter may not require the highest level of expertise in an area of law and a general practitioner may also be well suited. How do you find the right lawyer for your legal needs?..
Divorce and Legal Fees - It is difficult to determine how much a divorce will cost. However, after reviewing the likely issues, your method for resolving those issues, and hearing your philosophy of the case, a lawyer may be able to give you a range of expected expenses...
How to Reduce Your Legal Fees - Simply by being organized and remaining actively involved in your case you may significantly reduce your legal fees. Your lawyer will provide you with a number of documents received during the proceeding. This may include correspondence, court notices or other legal documents...
Should I Change Divorce Attorneys? - Your divorce is the most important financial transaction of your life. There are times when it appears that the case is never going to end and that you have lost confidence in your lawyer. It is important to know whether or not you should change lawyers and if so, what to do...
Basic Attorney/Client Contract Provisions in Divorce Cases - Hiring a divorce attorney may be one of the more important financial transactions of your life. Accordingly, to safeguard yourself, you should have a written contract. Most attorneys are willing to provide that...
You and Your Lawyer: Finding Mr. and Ms. Right When you interview divorce lawyers, you should look for certain qualities. First of all, you need someone who is intelligent. You will be able to judge ""smarts" by the manner in which an attorney questions you about your husband's job or business, the children, your home, the mortgage, and your economic situation...
Your Rights When Dealing With a Divorce Lawyer The Supreme Court of New Jersey has adopted significant rule amendments that dramatically change the attorney/client relationship. The client's now have significant rights in dealing with their lawyer and are entitled to reasonable and fair treatment. The Court has adopted ten client's rights and nine client responsibilities...
Your Responsibilities When Dealing With a Divorce Lawyer The Supreme Court of New Jersey has adopted Rule Amendments that dramatically change the Attorney/Client relationship. The Court has adopted nine client responsibilities. A list of these rights and responsibilities must be attached to all retainer agreements...
Meeting With a Lawyer Since property settlements can be very complicated, a lawyer can help you decide which of your belongings are marital property and which are separate property, and advise you as to how the court will divide that property. A lawyer will also be able to assist you in drafting a separation agreement in order to document your arrangements with your spouse...


   
 
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