What is the best kind of family attorney to have in a divorce? 27 Answers as of August 29, 2011

What is the best kind of family attorney to have in a divorce? We were married for over 15 years and she is threatening divorce. How do I find the best lawyer?

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Willick Law Group
Willick Law Group | Marshal S. Willick
"Best" is a bit subjective - but you may want to find a certified specialist (see State Bar of Nevada web site), an A/V peer-rated lawyer (see Lawyers.com or Martindale.com) or a member of the American Academy of matrimonial lawyers (see AAML.org).
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 8/29/2011
Michael Apicella
Michael Apicella | Apicella Law and Mediation
Hiring a good lawyer can sometimes be tricky. If you can get a referral from friends, family, colleagues, etc., that is best. I.e., someone who can attest first hand to the quality of services he/she received from a particular lawyer. If no referral is available, you should look up the prospective lawyer's record via the California State Bar website. You can find out what undergrad college and law school the prospective lawyer went to, and also whether he/she has been subject to discipline by the State Bar. When you do finally contact a prospective lawyer, ask him/her how much experience he/she has with your type of case. Ask how much they charge by the hour and how they bill. Ask if they are willing to give references. Don't be shy about asking difficult questions up front. Better to step on toes early, rather than find out later your lawyer is incompetent, unethical, or otherwise, not a good fit.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/26/2011
The Law Office of Erin Farley
The Law Office of Erin Farley | Erin Farley
The "best" lawyer is an ambiguous term. You want an attorney who will fit your needs. Do you want someone who always litigates? Someone who works collaboratively? Someone who works cooperatively? Do some soul-searching about what is most important to you if a dissolution occurs. If children are involved, no matter their age, you may not want to litigate like a bulldog. It might get you what you want during the dissolution process, but it will leave in its wake a completely dysfunctional family unit for your children.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/26/2011
Cody and Gonillo, LLP
Cody and Gonillo, LLP | Christine Gonilla
Interview several in your area; many offer a free initial consultation, and choose the one you believe is the right fit.
Answer Applies to: Connecticut
Replied: 8/25/2011
The Coyle Law Office
The Coyle Law Office | T. Andrew Coyle
The best lawyer is likely the one you feel most comfortable with. Some divorce clients try and find the most aggressive or 'bulldog' attorney they can find or the cheapest attorney they can find - which is not always bad - but I find it is better to meet with several attorneys first and speak with them about how they would handle your case and go with the one you find easiest to talk to and who seems to be able to understand your concerns and goals.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Replied: 8/25/2011
    The Davies Law Firm, P.A.
    The Davies Law Firm, P.A. | Robert F. Davies, Esq.
    Find an attorney who has been doing divorces as a big part of the attorney's business, for several years. Find someone who is in your county's courts a lot. And find someone that you are personally comfortable with. You will have to work with this person for many months. If you are in northern New Jersey, I can help you with this. Give me a call, make an appointment to come see me, and let's get moving on this for you. No charge for the telephone call and no charge for the first office visit.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 8/25/2011
    Goolsby Law Office
    Goolsby Law Office | Richard Goolsby
    We recommend you talk with family and friends and that you actually meet with the prospective attorney and see if they would make a good fit for you!
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 8/25/2011
    Law Office of Roianne H. Conner
    Law Office of Roianne H. Conner | Roianne Houlton Conner
    Find an attorney who regularly practices family law in the Court in which the divorce would be pending.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 8/25/2011
    Law Offices of Paul A. Eads, A.P.C.
    Law Offices of Paul A. Eads, A.P.C. | Paul A. Eads
    To find a great lawyer you should ask for references and or read reviews about the attorney you are looking to hire. Many attorneys also have website that you can visit and learn more about the attorney. Best of Luck.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/25/2011
    Raheen Law Group, P.C.
    Raheen Law Group, P.C. | Wali Raheen
    Meet with a few attorneys who have handled divorce cases before. Word of mouth is a good source, but you should not rely on that only. You must feel comfortable with your attorney, so make an appointment and see for yourself what the attorney can do for you. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 8/25/2011
    Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq.
    Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq. | Jeffrey Lawrence Pollock
    Ask friends and family for a referral. Research _www.avvo.com_ (http://www.avvo.com) or _www.lawyerratingz.com_ (http://www.lawyerratingz.com) instead of blindly using the yellow gauges to read good and bad testimonials of lawyers from their clients.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 8/25/2011
    Hugo Florido ESQ.
    Hugo Florido ESQ. | Hugo Florido
    Call the Florida Bar and request a certified family practitioner.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 8/25/2011
    Joanna Mitchell & Associates, P.A.
    Joanna Mitchell & Associates, P.A. | Joanna Mitchell
    You should consult with multiple attorneys and decide which one you feel most comfortable with and proceed from there.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 8/25/2011
    Law Office Of Jody A. Miller
    Law Office Of Jody A. Miller | Jody A. Miller
    (1) get a Referral from a trusted friend or family member who went through the same experience (2) google family/divorce law attorneys in your geographic area, or consult a site such as Findlaw.com (3) schedule a consultation with a couple of attorneys that you seem attracted to through referrals or research on the Internet; even if you have to pay for a referral, it can be money well spent to talk with the attorney, get their take on your case, and see if you "click" during an in person visit.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 8/25/2011
    The Law Offices of Mandy J. McKellar
    The Law Offices of Mandy J. McKellar | Mandy J. McKellar
    You need to talk to many and have someone represent you whom you feel the most comfortable. Going through a divorce can be a very emotionally draining experience.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 8/25/2011
    Petit & Dommershausen SC
    Petit & Dommershausen SC | Tajara Dommershausen
    There is a ton of information on line, look for good client reviews. Avvo.com will give you misconduct and reviews. After you have information, call around, talk to different attorneys. Pick the one that seems to fit your personality and agenda Sent from my Windows Phone
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 8/25/2011
    Beresford Booth PLLC
    Beresford Booth PLLC | S. Scott Burkhalter
    The Internet is a good place to start (e.g., martindale.com, avvo.com. lawyers.com). Most lawyers offer free initial consultations. Choose a lawyer you are comfortable with.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/24/2011
    Law Offices of Arlene D. Kock
    Law Offices of Arlene D. Kock | Arlene D. Kock
    The best lawyer is the one you feel you have a good rapport with and that can explain to you your legal options so you can make the most educated choices on your case.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/24/2011
    Michael D. Fluke, P.A.
    Michael D. Fluke, P.A. | Michael D. Fluke
    Unfortunately, there is no such thing as the best lawyer. There is only the best lawyer for you. There are many fine experienced divorce attorneys out there. The key is finding one who you feel comfortable with. There are many websites that rate lawyers and have client reviews. I suggest you start there, sit down with a few and decide who you are comfortable with.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 8/24/2011
    Vincent J. Bernabei LLC
    Vincent J. Bernabei LLC | Vincent J. Bernabei
    Contact those you know who have had an attorney, and ask them for the names of good family law attorneys.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 8/24/2011
    Law Office of Richard B. Kell
    Law Office of Richard B. Kell | Richard B. Kell
    The best kind of lawyer would be one that holds an eye towards resolution instead of inflammation (more billable hours).
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 8/24/2011
    John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law
    John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law | John Kirchner
    You should try to find someone whose primary practice is in family law. After that the most important requirement is that the attorney be someone you feel comfortable with and can have confidence in. You can only make a final decision after actually meeting with the attorney, and preferably more than one. Other than your own personal contact, the best source of information will be other people who have retained that attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 8/24/2011
    Ashman Law Office
    Ashman Law Office | Glen Edward Ashman
    Start by asking friends and family about lawyers they have used. Check out sites like this one which give some lawyer biographical information. Finally, call a lawyer. Is your call returned reasonably quickly? That's a good sign right there.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 8/24/2011
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