Determining that you need to retain a family lawyer’s services in Chicago isn’t always a simple conclusion. Often, it’s an emotional and time-consuming process—which is why it’s important to take the time to explore your options and find the right lawyer for your needs.
Because family law attorneys offer a range of services—representation in court proceedings, negotiations, mediation, document creation—it’s essential that you find a lawyer who can help with your unique case, whether that includes paternity, adoption, or other circumstances. Here’s what to keep in mind.
Explore your options
Choosing a lawyer is a big decision and not one to be made lightly. When considering your options, be sure to remember that this is someone you must be comfortable speaking with and sharing potentially painful and certain personal information. Each piece of information you provide only helps them help you; the more comfortable you are speaking with this person, the more helpful your lawyer can be.
Because you can only tell so much about a lawyer based on their online presence, it’s important that you schedule a call or in-person meeting with those you are considering. This is an important part of determining whether or not they are the right fit for your case. While it can be emotionally straining opening up to one or more lawyers, it’s an important step for your case.
Similarly, you should expect that your lawyer will be honest with you. If you have any specific questions or concerns, these meetings or phone calls are the time to ask. You want to make sure that, beyond their services, their personality and temperament are a good fit for your case and you.
But above all, you want to make sure that they take your case seriously and will show you respect and empathy throughout the process, especially if your case is one that has been and will continue to be emotionally difficult.
Both before and during your chat, make sure you consider the lawyer’s track record. Ask them about previous cases and get as many specifics as you can. This will help you get a clear idea if they have the experience and track record to represent you in court. Also, be sure to ask them about options for settling out of court, if possible. If you’d prefer mediation for your divorce case, make sure to ask if this is an option; not every case needs to end up in court.
If you feel that they do not have the experience or specificity to best represent you, do not feel pressured to retain their services just because you’re in the room with them. You are under no obligation to choose them as your family law attorney. If you do feel pressured, they are likely not the one to represent you.
Rely on The Law Office of Ronald Justin
Whether you’ve just begun your search for the right family lawyer in Chicago or you need advice, reach out to us today. With more than a decade of experience, we have the track record and range of services to ensure you get the representation you deserve.