How to Choose an Austin Divorce Lawyer
I have been asked by many potential clients why they should hire my firm. My friends and family also ask what separates our firm from the rest. This post will explore what I believe are the essential aspects of choosing the right Austin Family Lawyer for your case.
1. Rely on referrals
There are thousands of family lawyers across the state and hundreds of Austin Family Lawyers in the Austin area. Ask your friends, work colleagues and parents for their opinion. Every case is different and every person entering into a family law case has different needs. Obtaining information from a few sources will give you the best idea on who the right “fit” is going to be for you.
2. Pick up the Phone
Prior to setting up a consultation with an Austin Family Lawyer, an initial telephone call should be placed to gauge the willingness of the firm to handle the case. I have answered hundreds of phone calls over the last five years. Many times I learn that I am the fourth or fifth person that was called and the only person who was willing to talk to that person for more than a few minutes. Chances are, if you can’t find someone to speak to you, that office may not have the resources to help you out. If your inquiry into the firm is not returned within the first 24 hours, this may be a sign of things to come once you hire the firm.
3. Read Reviews Cautiously
There are many places online to read reviews of attorneys. Avvo.com. Yelp.com. Google.com. These are just a few of the online forums where clients (and upset opposing parties) can go online and place a review for a lawyer. While these reviews can be helpful, prospective clients should read these reviews with caution. These forums can be a great way to learn about the style of your attorney prior to calling their office.
4. Hire a Specialist
Austin divorce lawyer, Joe Newberry is a Board-Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Only 763 attorneys out of 70,000.00 state-wide are certified in family law. These attorneys must have been licensed and practicing for at least 5 years and participated in numerous contested issues. Each attorney that is certified must have participated in at least nine final trials, thirty (30) contested hearings and at least ten (10) mediations. Obtaining a certified attorneys in family law is essential to retaining the most qualified person in the field.
5. Trust Your Instincts
If your initial telephone call doesn’t go the way you wanted it to or your initial consultation has your “alarm bells” going off, trust your instincts. If you are feeling uncomfortable in that short amount of time, chances are that this is not the attorney for you.