The Top Ten Qualities to Look for in a Divorce Attorney

Once you have weeded out the undesirable lawyers, you can move into the next phase of selecting your lawyer. Using the information you have gathered, rate the remaining candidates on a scale of one to five in each of the following ten categories. Seriously consider the lawyer who scores the highest as your front-running candidate.

  1. Will this lawyer act rather than react?
  2. Will this lawyer control my case instead of letting the lawyer on the other side, or the judge, control things?
  3. Is this lawyer knowledgeable enough about the law and astute and adept enough to use his or her knowledge to control the judge?
  4. Does this lawyer have credibility with the judge and other lawyers?
  5. Will this lawyer plan ahead by devising and implementing a long-range strategy for success that includes contingency plans?
  6. Will this lawyer treat me with respect, care about how I feel, and help me through this process?
  7. Will this lawyer return my phone calls promptly?
  8. Will this lawyer refuse to be intimidated by anyone, including judges and other lawyers?
  9. Will this lawyer be cost-conscious and not spend my money without a compelling reason?
  10. Will this lawyer be a zealous champion of my interests?



   
 
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