Finding the right attorney to navigate your legal issues is vital to getting through a very difficult time. You need someone knowledgeable in the law, but also someone that can work with your situation to bring you the best possible outcome. Here are some things to look for in an attorney:
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 you navigate the unknown. It is always a good strategy to have your lawyer's input which will provide you with peace of mind during a difficult time.
Someone who knows your case. Your attorney should know the specifics of your case so that he/she can best understand and cater to your individual needs.
Someone who knows local court rules. Each county has different court rules and procedures in Nebraska, 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.
Someone who has compassion. You need an attorney that can relate to your situation and show you the appropriate level of compassion. Appropriate is the operative word here because you do not want your attorney to become so emotionally involved that it clouds their judgment. In addition, your attorney should treat you with respect.
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 counsel fees. It is better off in the long run if counsel can work together because you will not have to leave important decisions in the hands of a third-party. 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.
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.