Any family law dispute – from divorce to child support – is going to hit home and play on your emotions. That is just par for the course. But for something so personal and close to your heart, you really cannot gamble on the legal advocate you choose to represent you. If you want peace of mind and confidence in knowing that your best interests and rights are being respected, you first need to know that you can lean on your family law attorney.
Learning more about your lawyer usually boils down to what happens during the initial consultation. During this time, you should be able to have lengthy conversations about what is going on in your life and fully explore all the legal options available to you. Unfortunately, there is an increasing problem from coast to coast: people are not getting to know their attorneys before hiring them, leading to disappointments and lost cases. The trouble seems to be stemming from something that seems innocuous, even beneficial, but can ultimately prove to be negative – free case evaluations.
You Get What You Pay For
Lawyers in all fields of practice are pretty well-known for always being on their feet and rushing to the next office or destination. While it is a busy yet rewarding lifestyle for those who excel at it, it also serves as a prime example that time is valuable. When a lawyer offers up a free initial consultation, they are usually not committed to the meeting, feeling as if it is a waste of their precious time, and thus only stick around for 15 minutes, 30 if the client is lucky. Think about meeting a stranger and having only a quarter-hour to explain a personal and complicated life event to them. Doesn’t seem reasonable, does it?
There are also stories about attorneys using empty promises during free consultations just to snag the client into working with them. They can try to guarantee a good result but this is, at its core, impossible. The last word in your case is probably going to come down to the judge’s discretion, not your attorney’s.
Real Advocacy You Can Believe In
The two skills that are required in your family law case are not free consultations and promises, but instead are exceptional knowledge of the law and experienced mediation abilities. Beyond these two key factors, being able to fully explain your situation in a consultation without a time limit is important.
Tampa Divorce Attorney Catherine W. Real is well-known throughout Florida for providing compassionate, knowledgeable, and effective legal counsel for her clients, earning her multiple 5-star client testimonials. Initial consultations she offers are not timed, discuss every legal avenue you should be aware of, and are personal – you will be given her personal cellphone number for quick contact once you retain her services. Best of all, the cost of the initial consultation is subtracted from her retainer fee.
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