What Makes a Good Divorce Attorney?
If you were diagnosed with cancer, you would want to select the best doctor
available in hopes that your life could be saved. But what do any of us
know about how to select the best doctor? The same is true in selecting
an attorney. Often, visiting a
divorce attorney is the first time a client has ever been in an attorney's
office. A short but not exhaustive list of what to look for in selecting
a 'good' divorce attorney of substance may be helpful.
The GOOD divorce lawyer MUST:
Have an exceptional understanding of
- Know how to increase the prospects of settling the case without a war of the rose
- Be able to go to trial if the case cannot settle
We should not forget the intangibles:
A Good Divorce Lawyer Must Be Available To You!
Your Tampa divorce attorney must also be "available to you" to
handle an emergency, answer a question or share a concern. Good lawyers
will go the extra mile to help their clients, such as providing clients
with their 24/7 cell phone numbers.
A Good Divorce lawyer Makes You the Captain of the Decisional Ship.
It is true that your attorney should be captain of the Legal Ship, advising
you about the law relevant to every issue in your case and giving you
legal options regarding every issue (for example, do you want custody,
50/50 timesharing, or just visitation?) Your attorney should also advise
you about the pros and cons of every option. YOU, however, should be captain
of the Decisional Ship…so long as what you want to do is legal
and ethical, your attorney should do what YOU consider to be in your best
interests. After all, this is your life and not the attorney's life.
A Good Divorce Lawyer Must Recognize the Impact Divorce Stress Can Have
on Your Decision Making!
Every human being has psychological issues that can interfere with good
decision making during a divorce. A good divorce lawyer should recognize
the stress you are experiencing and speak to you about the benefits of
counseling regarding coping techniques. Who of us make good decisions
when we are angry, depressed, or stressed to our limits? Coping counseling
can help reduce or eliminate these stressors so that you can remove the
justifiable hurt Husband/Wife hat and put on a Business Hat to make solid
decisions during the divorce.
Contact the Tampa divorce attorney today for legal guidance.