When you or someone you know needs a lawyer, there are many options. But how do you know if a lawyer is a good fit for you and fact of the case? When an attorney is needed, Youngblood Law, PLLC, recommends setting aside a day to meet with a few attorneys to discuss the case, rather than hiring the first lawyer who can meet with you. Every attorney comes with his or her own set of skills, talents, and abilities, and not all will be a good fit for a particular case or client. When a situation is important enough that a lawyer is necessary, then it is worth spending the time and effort to find the RIGHT lawyer, not just any lawyer. The following five points will help guide the search for a family lawyer that’s right for you. (If you have a lawyer, but are wondering if you need a new one, you can access a series on the topic here.)
1. Listens to You
Most lawyers are very Type A personality, and many times lawyers do most of the talking during a consultation about your case. How can a lawyer build an effective strategy for your case if he or she doesn’t listen to your story? When a client hires a lawyer, the lawyer should have a clear vision of what victory looks like for the client, and there’s only one way to get that information: listening to the client.
2. Focuses on Family Law
Family law in Texas is defined by the Texas Family Code with hundreds of provisions regarding divorce, child support, possession and access to the children, and much more. The body of law from the various statutory provisions in the Texas Family Code, previous rulings from the Texas Supreme Court and various Courts of Appeal, and numerous local rules make practicing Family Law challenging for any lawyer. Be wary of lawyers whose billboard says “Family Law, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury & Probate” or some similar combination. Who wants a lawyer who is minimally proficient in all sorts of cases? Better to have a lawyer who is really good at a specific area.
3. Manages the Calendar
In most family law proceedings, there will be several hearings or major events that take place in the case. Obviously, you lawyer should maintain the firm’s calendar to make sure he never misses a court date. However, the firm’s calendar is also how the lawyer makes sure the client stays current on the events in the proceedings. The client should know when all the major events are scheduled, and can plan accordingly. A client should never be surprised that he or she must take a day off of work for a court appearance unexpectedly. When the lawyer manages the firm’s calendar, it saves time and money for the client.
4. Manages Client Funds
Legal matters are unusually expensive compared to most events in normal life. However, there are many things a lawyer can do to help mitigate the client’s expenses. Avoiding unnecessary processes, hearings, and documents help minimize costs. However, some costs can’t be avoided. In those situations, the lawyer keeps the client informed of upcoming costs and works to make sure the client has plenty of money on deposit to fund the needed work. When a client gets a huge bill from his or her lawyer and is completely surprised by the amount owed, that’s a sign that the lawyer failed to manage the client’s funds responsibly. While big invoices are not unusual in legal work, the client should be well aware of what is getting billed, and should be able to make decisions that will have big financial consequences before the legal work is done if the lawyer is actively managing the client’s funds and communicates the costs associated with the options in the case.
5. Builds a Custom Strategy for the Client
No two clients are the same or have the same needs. Consequently, no two clients should get the exact same processes in their case. Any firm that operates off a checklist of processes to be performed for each and every client is likely producing numerous unnecessary and expensive billable events the client must pay for. Building a custom strategy for each client prevents unnecessary billables and keeps the cost down for the client.
Youngblood Law, PLLC is a Fort Worth, Texas family law firm that uses a holistic approach to help people get on with their new life by getting done with their old life. We proudly offer the collaborative divorce process for our clients. This essay is intended for educational use only, and is not a replacement for competent legal counsel. If you are facing a family law matter, we recommend obtaining competent legal counsel like Youngblood Law, PLLC. For more information, contact us at 817-601-5345, find us on the web at www.youngblood-law.com, or on your mobile device, open your browser and type in lawfw.biz and press Go.
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