When you have a family related legal issue, choosing the right lawyer can be a daunting task. Many people will have limited or no experience of working with lawyers. Different types of law require different skill sets and so the qualities you might look for in a lawyer to purchase your home or sue a multi-national company are not necessarily the qualities you will be looking for when separating from your partner.
One important consideration may be cost, although comparing lawyers simply based on price is unlikely to tell the whole story. You will also want to consider how experienced the lawyer is and whether they specialise in family law or have a broader practice undertaking several different areas of law.
In a family case it is important to find a lawyer you trust and feel comfortable working with. It is well known that going through a divorce is similar to a bereavement and you may experience a whole range of emotions throughout the process. You will need a family lawyer who you can confide in and who can provide you with support, as well as someone who can signpost you in the direction of third parties who can help you such as therapists, mediators, counsellors etc.
You may also want to consider how contactable your lawyer will be. If you have a preferred method of communication, consider whether this is this something your lawyer can accommodate and if they will be able to deal with your queries promptly. You will need a lawyer who is approachable and who can communicate with you clearly without lots of confusing legal jargon.
We would recommend that before instructing a lawyer to deal with family matters you ensure that they are a member of Resolution, www.resolution.org, the organisation for family lawyers who are committed to dealing with matters in non-confrontational and constructive way.
Family Law Associates is a specialist firm of experienced family lawyers, who are all members of Resolution. We offer fixed fee initial meetings: please contact us for more information and we will be pleased to assist you.