Choosing the right attorney can be crucial to the outcome of your case. There are certain things you should know in order to help you with the sometimes difficult process of choosing the right attorney. Not only will this save you time (and maybe money) when meeting with your attorney for the first time, but it will also help you to become more knowledgeable about the issues you may want to consider during the critical process of hiring an attorney.

It is always a good idea to meet face to face with an attorney to get a feel for how comfortable you feel working with him. Because of the types of personal issues that arise, it is particularly important that you feel very comfortable with who represents you in Family Court. You should also be prepared for the possibility of rejection. The attorney-client relationship is a two way street, and the better attorneys do not accept every case that comes into their offices.

Before meeting with an attorneys, you should try to make notes pertaining to your case and also to bring all of the related documents with you to your first meeting. These documents may include Orders from previous cases, pleadings in your present case, witness statements, or reports from medical providers, private investigators, or law enforcement. Being able to present the facts of your case in a clear and organized fashion will greatly assist us in analyzing your situation and will result in you receiving better, more specific advice.

Once you explain the facts and background for your case along with any relevant information, it will be your turn to ask questions of the lawyer to determine if he is the right one for you. Some of the questions you might consider asking the attorney are:

  • How long has the lawyer been in practice?
  • How much experience does the lawyer have in your type of case?
  • How does the lawyer believe the case should be handled?
  • What is the lawyer’s anticipated time frame for its completion?
  • How will you be expected to participate in your case?
  • How will you be kept informed about the status of your case?
  • Will the lawyer provide a fee agreement that details fees, expenses, billing, and payment?

Once you have met with the attorney, explained your case and had your questions answered, there are some questions you should ask yourself:

  • Will I feel comfortable working closely with this person?
  • Do I feel confident in the lawyer’s experience and skill to handle my case?
  • Do I understand the lawyer’s explanation of what my case involves?
  • Do I understand the proposed fee agreement?

If you feel comfortable with the attorney and confident that his experience is adequate for your case, you have probably found a good match. Asking and answering the above questions will go a long way in determining if this is the right attorney for you.

SOURCE: South Carolina Family Law Blog 1 2 3