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5 Keys to Hiring the Right Divorce Lawyer

Hiring the right divorce lawyer for you is the first step in ensuring that you don’t find yourself in the middle of a knock down- drag out divorce battle having spent all of your money with nothing to show for it–a reality that sadly many divorcing couples see every day in California divorce courts.  These 5 tips to hiring the right divorce lawyer will help you avoid joining that club:

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1.  Do your research.

Research attorneys online.  Look at law firm and consumer review websites.  Is the attorney’s website informative?  Does the attorney seem to be qualified?  Also look to see if there are client reviews of the attorney online.  Keeping in mind that oftentimes online reviews aren’t necessarily always legitimate, enough bad reviews on the same issue could tell you something.

2.  Talk to more than one lawyer.

It’s okay to shop around.  You may have buyer’s remorse if you end up hiring the first attorney that you talk to.  You should never feel obligated to hire an attorney merely because he or she spent time discussing your case with you.  If an attorney tries to guilt you into hiring them then you know that you made the right choice in moving on.  Also, different attorneys have very different approaches to practicing law.  Talking to more than one attorney will give you a variety of approaches and personalities to choose from.

3.  Meet the lawyer in person.

Especially with a divorce lawyer in a family law case, you will be working very closely with this person and trusting this person with your financial and familial future.  You need to hire someone that you are comfortable with and that you can trust.  More can be translated in a personal meeting than can be gleaned over the phone.  It’s worth the time to schedule an in office consultation prior to hiring the attorney if possible.

4.  Don’t fall for inflated promises.

Everyone knows that there are good lawyers and there are bad lawyers.  There is a reason that lawyers in general have a bad reputation.  Bad divorce lawyers are known for making promises to their client’s that cannot possible be kept.  Inflated expectations are the number one reason for frustration in divorce court and the number one reason that many divorcing parties move from one divorce lawyer to the next.  If it sounds too good to be true than it probably is.  Any good divorce lawyer will tell you that there is never a guarantee of outcome in family court.  You will be able to tell if your attorney is blowing smoke by the first contested hearing or by the first letter from the opposing attorney.  If there are red flags regarding the advice that you are being given then it may be time to look for a new lawyer.

5.  Move on quickly of it’s not working.

Always remember that your divorce lawyer works for you–not the other way around.  If the relationship isn’t working then you can leave and fire your lawyer.  You will be able to tell in the first month of representation whether or not yours is the kind of lawyer that answers phone calls and emails, shows up on time to appointments and hearings, and keeps you informed with respect to the plan of action in your case.  If things aren’t; working out then cut your losses and move on within the first month before you end up with a huge legal bill without much work having been done.

Meet Your Dedicated San Diego Family Attorneys
Family Attorney John N. Griffith, CFLS
Family Attorney John N. Griffith, CFLS

Family Attorney, John N. Griffith, CFLS

John Griffith has practiced exclusively in the area of family law since 2009. John is a Certified Family Law Specialist certified as an expert in the area of family law by the California Board of Legal Specialization.

858-345-1720
john@gylfamilylaw.com

Family Attorney, Catie E. Young, ESQ.
Family Attorney, Catie E. Young, ESQ.

Family Attorney, Catie E. Young, ESQ.

San Diego family lawyer Catie Young has a wide range of litigation experience. She has worked in civil litigation. She has successfully represented clients in many areas of family law including child support, child custody, divorce and domestic violence. She has a unique approach to each child custody case, so clients of Griffith, Young & Lass tend to gravitate toward her in these cases.

858-345-1720
catie@gylfamilylaw.com

Family Attorney Amy J. Lass, Esq.
Family Attorney Amy J. Lass, Esq.

Family Attorney, Amy J. Lass, Esq.

Amy Lass was born in New York and raised in San Diego, California. Amy graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2003 with a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Enterprise Accounting and went on to earn her law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and graduated cum laude in 2006. Amy takes a practical and cost considerate approach to the process while striving to balance the emotional needs and objectives of her clients.

858-345-1720
amy@gylfamilylaw.com

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