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Suggestions on finding the right attorney

Finding the right attorney for you is the most critical step in the legal process. Not only do you need someone knowledgeable in the law, you need someone with whom you are comfortable.  Here are some things to consider when choosing an attorney:

  1. Someone who is responsive. Most likely you have not been in this situation before (and even if you have), you need an attorney that is accessible to help navigate you through the unknown. It  will  provide you with peace of mind during a difficult time.
  2. Someone who listens to you.
  3. Someone who knows your case. Your attorney should know the specifics of your case, so he/she can best grasp your individual needs and help you establish realistic g   goals for the outcome.
  4. Someone who knows local court rules. Each county has different court rules and procedures, and it is important for your attorney to know how the court handles filings and court proceedings so that it is done right the first time, every time.
  5. Someone who has compassion. As it is a difficult time, you need an attorney that can relate to your situation and show you the appropriate level of compassion. The  appropriate level of compassion is important because you do not want your attorney to become too emotionally involved to the point that it clouds his/her judgment. In addition, your attorney should treat you with respect.
  6. Someone who can work with opposing counsel. Sometimes this is difficult for clients to understand. It is important that your attorney can "work" with opposing counsel to avoid unnecessary court appearances and expenses . If counsel can work together, you will be better off in the long run. However, sometimes it is not possible, and if that is a case, you need an attorney who knows how to deal with difficult opposing counsel.
  7. Someone who you feel is a good fit. If you meet with the potential new attorney, you will likely have a good idea based upon your own personal impression if he/she is the right attorney for you.