Posted by: Vernon Ready
But this kind of thinking is wrong-headed. Family law rulings can have an extreme impact on your life. Depending on the judge’s decision, you may have to give up custody of your children, or your financial situation could be flipped on its head. And in some family law cases concerning domestic violence, protection orders, or contempt of court, you could even end up facing criminal penalties.
What this means is that whether you are getting ready to file for divorce or you have just been issued a protection order, it is important to find a family lawyer who will represent you and fight for what you deserve in court. Below, we’re going to tell you what you need to look for to make sure you find the best attorney for you.
There are a lot of lawyers out there who will be more than happy to offer their services to you, but you want someone specific.
First, narrow your options down to a few potential lawyers that have experience working in the area of the law where you need help. Then, set up interviews or consultations with each potential lawyer.
Many attorneys offer free consultations or case reviews for new potential clients – after all, they want to know what they are in for before taking you on as a client. Take this time to assess each lawyer, their goals, and their fit in your life.
Look out for the following things to narrow down your decision to one lawyer for your case:
Similar Goals – When you are consulting with an attorney, give an honest description of your situation, and ask for an honest opinion. What do you think the lawyer can get you? What can’t the lawyer get you? What laws, policies, or factors will affect the final ruling?
Find an attorney who is realistic about their goals, but also sees eye-to-eye with what you want and what your priorities are in court. As we will mention later on in the post, if a lawyer seems too good to be true, they probably are.
Positive Testimonials – One of the best ways to get a feel for different lawyers is to read testimonials or reviews online, or speak directly to past clients. These people will be able to give you an “inside look” from a perspective that is closer to yours.
Experience to Fit Your Situation – Family law often deals with divorce proceedings, but divorce is not the only option for couples that want to go their separate ways. Alternative options are available if you do not want to step into a courtroom, would like to settle through mediation or collaborative divorce, and so on. Talk to attorneys about what options they have available and think about what would best suit your financial and legal situation.
Consider, as well, the lawyer’s experience with different types of families and situations. Maybe you are figuring out child custody but are not married to your child’s parent. Perhaps you’re in a same-sex marriage. Whatever your situation, you may want to look for a lawyer who has experience working with cases similar to yours.
Experience with Post-Divorce Litigation – Family law matters don’t always stop when a divorce is finalized. So if you are seeking a family lawyer during a divorce, make sure to ask the lawyer for their experience with post-divorce litigation. You may need to adjust child support, alimony, or other decisions after the divorce is finalized. The right family lawyer can help you through these processes and more.
Don’t Ignore Red Flags – While you are looking around for an attorney, you should make sure to eliminate anyone who presents red flags, including the following:
If a lawyer is giving you a bad feeling (or is just too good to be true), you may want to continue looking for other potential options.
If you are seeking a family lawyer in Colorado, put Vernon Ready on your list of lawyers to call. His extensive experience and winning history make him a worthy candidate for the lawyer who will best represent you and your needs in court.
About the Author:
Vernon Ready is an award-winning Colorado lawyer with an in-depth understanding of all areas of family law, estate planning, and personal injury. His energetic and aggressive advocacy approach allow him to successfully navigate complex cases, including high asset divorce and complicated custody issues. During his time at the University of Colorado Law School, Ready won numerous awards for his trial advocacy skills. Since being admitted to practice in 2009, Ready has become well-known throughout Denver and the state for the passionate defense of his clients and his unparalleled understanding of the law.