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How to Choose a Family Law Attorney

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choose a family law attorney, Illinois Divorce LawyerDivorce is a major life decision, and choosing the right family law attorney to help with it can make a big difference in the outcome. However, not many people who want to file for divorce know how to look for a lawyer. Fortunately, there are helpful tips that people looking for a divorce lawyer should consider.

Shop Around

The first tip for finding the right divorce attorney is to shop around. People should make a list of different, potential attorneys, and then slowly narrow it down. The Internet, friends and family, and the Illinois State Bar Association are all great resources for people looking to hire a lawyer. Additionally, utilize the Internet to research the attorneys' experience, and whether they have ever had any disciplinary issues. Also, set up initial consultations with a few attorneys to find out more information about them, such as their fee structure and their style of practice.

Watch Out for Red Flags

During these consultations, look out for possible warning signs of trouble ahead. One of the most important of these is whether a lawyer is responsive to phone calls and emails. Also, be leery of lawyers who divulge confidential information during their sales pitches since a potential client may end up having that lawyer disclose his or her own information later.

Understanding Legal Fees

An important factor to understand when shopping for a lawyer is how legal fees are structured. There are two main ways that attorneys will collect fees—either a flat fee known as a retainer or an hourly rate for their time. Many attorneys also use a blend of the two models, with some flat rate along with an hourly charge. Neither system is necessarily better or worse, but it is important to understand the differences when comparing lawyers' prices. For instance, some lawyers may have a high retainer, but charge much lower hourly rates to make up for it.

Potential clients may also consider asking about other things they will be billed for since some attorneys charge for items like office supplies, travel, and secretarial time, while others build those costs into their overall price.

Choosing the right lawyer can make any case run smoother. If you are considering a divorce, and would like more information, contact a skilled McHenry County divorce lawyer today. We are ready to help you today.

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