Where to Begin and How to Find the Right Attorney with Eric Broder

Finding the right attorney is such a major piece of the divorce puzzle. What’s the best way to find the right lawyer? Do you just go on Google and read Yelp reviews? We don’t think so. Asking a trusted resource like a therapist or a financial planner may be a good way to start. This is the most important financial transaction of your life so hiring the right representation is key.

One thing to ask is, who is going to work on my case? Can a paralegal or associate do some of the work to keep costs down? How does the firm manage my case? And if you get a sole practitioner, what happens if he/she is on vacation or tied up in trial?

Communication is a big area of consideration: How responsive will your attorney be? Will he be the primary contact? How often will I hear from him/her and how? In short, what can I expect?

Cost: How will I be billed and how long will this take? A lot depends on how organized you are. Your attorney should hand you a list of things you’ll need like tax records, bank records, etc. If you’re like me and you have no idea how to find that information, ask if you can work with a paralegal to login to your accounts and find what they need.

You should be comfortable with your attorney; if you’re intimidated to talk to him/her, pick someone else. This person is negotiating the most important pieces of your life. Choose wisely because switching lawyers mid-stream will set you back on both time and money.

About the Author Barb & Jo

Through the process of our own divorces, Barb Hazelton and Jo Briggs learned more than they ever needed or wanted to know. Through their friendship, shared experiences, and connections through navigating their own divorces, they created this video series. They've been where you are and they hope Single Process can make it easier for you by connecting you to their resources.