If you are facing a change in your family structure, hiring an attorney can be overwhelming. Here are some things to consider:
- Have a list of questions. But, don’t wait until you have all of your questions written down before you set up an appointment. A good attorney will anticipate your questions. Attorneys won’t be able to tell you how much a divorce will cost since that depends so much on the parties’ interaction with each other.
- Don’t hire the attorney who says what you want to hear. The best attorney is the one who will honestly tell you the strengths and weaknesses of your position.
- The amount of the retainer does not indicate how much the attorney will cost overall.
- The hourly rate does not determine how much your fees will be. Very often, an attorney with a higher hourly rate will also have staff who will bill for administrative work at a significantly lower rate resulting in a lower final bill.
- Seek an attorney who practices in a particular courthouse with some regularity. Those attorneys will know the local attorneys and judges as well as the local rules. Selecting an attorney close to your local courthouse will also save on travel expenses and fees.
- Find an attorney who loves to practice law rather than one who is just making a living.
- Is the office staff friendly and helpful or just going through the motions each day? Do they have experience and education in the area of your dispute?
- If you do not understand what the attorney is telling you, find another lawyer.
- The right attorney for you is the one you feel will advocate for you. It is important to meet with more than one attorney to see who has the best fit for your personality.
Wakeman Law Group
741 S. McHenry Avenue
Crystal Lake, IL 60014