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4 Pro Tips for Finding A Great Family Lawyer

There are many reasons why you may need the professional services of a family lawyer over the years. Divorce and child custody issues are among the most common and well-known reasons to hire a lawyer, but lawyers may help with adult dependent custody issues, adoptions, prenuptial agreements and many other things that could have a major impact on your life and on the lives of your immediate family members. If you are ready to hire a great family lawyer, walk through these steps to narrow down your options and to make your selection.

Ask for Recommendations

While you could immediately turn to the Internet and search for a law office located close to your home or workplace, a better starting point is to ask for recommendations. For example, if you need assistance with a divorce, you could ask for a recommendation from a friend who has been through this situation in recent years. Consider connecting with others for recommendations through social media as well as by speaking with neighbors, friends, coworkers and others.

Read Online Reviews

Regardless of whether you learn about a lawyer through a personal recommendation or through your online research, always take time to read online reviews. By reading multiple reviews on different platforms, you can get a better idea about the professionalism of the lawyer and about his or her ability to produce results. Convenience and availability may also be discussed in online reviews and may influence your hiring decision.

Inquire About Services and Fees

As you search for law firm services, be aware that the services provided as well as the rates for those services vary dramatically. An independent law firm that is owned and operated by one individual may have much more affordable rates than a major law firm that operates with hefty overhead. In addition, some attorneys charge by the hour, and others charge a lump sum fee for a specific service, such as a one-time fee for a divorce.

Schedule a Consultation

In many instances, you may need to work closely with your lawyer for numerous months or even years. You need to have a great rapport with this individual so that you are comfortable working with him or her. Many law firms offer free consultations, and this gives you the opportunity to see if you can connect well with a lawyer before paying any fees.

Your new lawyer may play a major role in your family’s lives for years to come. Regardless of how seemingly minor or profound your current legal issues are, you can utilize these tips to identify a professional who you can rely on to deliver excellent service.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

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