Folks, if you choose your divorce or custody attorney on price alone you are making a grave mistake. There are other aspects of this relationship that should be of much higher priority. For instance:
1. The first and most important: do you feel comfortable with this individual? Can you talk with him or her freely and establish a good rapport? Remember, you will be working closely with your attorney for the next several months or years. This will be much easier to do when you have "clicked".
2. Does your attorney know the local procedures and players? This is not a make-or-break issue (that would be Number 1 above) but it can impact on the bottom line.
3. Can you contact your attorney in a variety of ways (i.e. email, telephone, etc.). Find out your attorney's preferred method of contact.
4. Does your attorney get back to you, either via phone or email, within twenty-four (24) hours? Exceptions for vacations, trials or emergencies.
5. Is his or her price competitive with other attorneys in the area with similar years of experience?
6. Does your attorney focus exclusively on family law matters or rarely does them? It's usually a good idea to choose someone who does the majority of their practice in family law.
Choosing an attorney is an important decision. Make sure you feel good about it.