Family issues can be among the most stressful to handle legally. Family law is complicated, and with out the proper experience, it can be nearly impossible to understand. This is even truer when emotions run high, as they frequently do during family law proceedings.
For advice concerning family law in Indiana, contact GDS Law Group, LLP. Our attorneys have the experience to resolve your family legal trouble as amicably as possible. There is a certain balance between making sure everyone involved is happy, and making sure that your rights are protected. To start a free consultation, contact us online or call (765) 313-7092 today.
Questions to Ask Before Deciding on a Family Attorney
Every family’s legal needs are unique. The right lawyer for one family’s situation may not be the right lawyer for yours. Below we list a few questions you can ask a potential lawyer, to see if they’re the right person to handle your case.
1. How Long Have You Focused on Family Law?
Family law is a complicated and extensive body of legislature. Even seasoned attorneys may struggle if they have never had to work with family law before. Because of this, it’s important to make sure your lawyer does have that experience. This ensures that they will know what potential issues to address, as well as the best way to address those issues.
2. Do Your Cases Generally Settle Out of Court Or Go to Trial?
Asking an attorney this will help you establish a timeline for your case. Trials can be lengthy, and cases that settle out of court will generally conclude much quicker. It can also help you budget for your legal expenses. If you settle, you will likely have to pay a larger amount of money in one payment. If your case goes to trial, however, you will need to be prepared to pay legal fees for a longer amount of time.
3. Will You Be Handling My Case Personally?
It’s always a good idea to get a sense of what the lawyer’s personal involvement in your case will be. This can also help you determine how much information to divulge to someone who you will potentially not be working with.
4. How Many Other Current Clients Do You Have?
How many other clients are working with your attorney is a good indication of how much energy the attorney can devote to your case. Lawyers with a lot of open cases have less time to devote to each individually. If your attorney has many other open cases, you should be prepared to receive less attention from them.
5. Do You Work on Retainer, Or Will You Charge an Hourly Rate?
Some attorneys will work for a predetermined fee paid up front, known as a retainer. A retainer will pay for a specific amount of hours of work from your attorney. Other attorneys will bill you according to an hourly rate as they go. Knowing which billing method your lawyer will use will be necessary when deciding how much time and money you can allocate to legal representation.
6. Will the Rate Change If I Talk to Your Staff (Secretaries, Paralegals, etc.) Instead of You?
Some clients don’t expect to pay the full rate if they don’t speak to the attorney themselves. Don’t be caught off guard when you’re charged for interactions with the staff too.
7. What Expectations Do You Have of Me?
However your case proceeds, your attorney will need your collaboration. They may need you to provide detailed information in order to properly resolve your situation. Be sure to give yourself enough time to find anything that isn’t readily available.
8. How and When Will You Update Me on My Case?
Most attorneys are fairly busy. Realistically, they won’t have time to provide you with an update every day. Setting realistic communication goals is the best way to stay in the loop. It’s also the easiest way to tell if something is wrong.
9. What is the Best Way to Contact You in An Emergency?
Legal cases, especially family legal cases, frequently have matters that come up and need to be attended to urgently. It’s essential that you and your lawyer have a way to contact each other if something needs to be addressed immediately.
10. What Do You See as the Core Issue Or Issues?
The better you understand what’s going on, the easier it will be for you to help. You don’t need a legal education to brainstorm the type of information or evidence that will be helpful to your lawyer.
Discuss Your Family Law Case with GDS Law Group, LLP
For assistance with your Indiana family law issues, contact the attorneys at GDS Law Group, LLP today. Our lawyers understand family law, and can help you with any questions you may have. Call (765) 313-7092, or use the online contact form to schedule a free consultation with an Anderson family lawyer today.