Tips To Help You Find the Right MN Divorce Attorney
Going through a divorce is not a fun process. For many people, it’s not only a personal and emotional process but also a process that can have big implications on their financial future. That’s why it’s vital to choose the right divorce attorney to help guide you through the process.
However, most people haven’t had to hire an attorney at another point in their lives. Finding a divorce attorney feels like a monumental task with so much at stake but so little knowledge of what you need. Luckily, finding the right attorney isn’t as difficult as you may think. There are simply some things you should seek.
Here are the best tips to help you find the right Minnesota divorce attorney for you.
Tip No. 1: Ask Around
You likely know many people who have been through the divorce process (or at least one person who has), so begin by asking friends, family, and colleagues if they can recommend anyone to you. Make sure to inquire if they liked their attorney and why they did. If they didn’t like the attorney personally, then ask why not. Make sure their dislike actually relates to the attorney and not the divorce process as a whole.
Tip No. 2: Shop Around
You can meet with many attorneys for a free consultation before deciding to hire them, so make sure to take advantage of that. You may find a great lawyer right out of the gate, but still, make sure to do your due diligence and see what else is out there to ensure the best fit. Break it down to just a few attorneys, then pick one.
Tip No. 3: Choose a Specialist
You will want to choose an attorney who specializes in family law and divorce. Also, make sure they have experience specifically in the type of divorce you need. This will help you determine if they have the know-how and the skills to resolve any issues that may pop up in your case.
Also, it’s a plus if the attorney you choose has a lot of experience in negotiation and litigation. They should have been through cases in court like yours and have the right skills to avoid litigation. They need to be able to steer your case toward collaboration or mediation. This way, they can guide you through the process seamlessly.
Tip No. 4: Choose Someone Who Helps You Feel Comfortable
You will be doing a lot of communicating with your lawyer. You may tell them things that are quite personal. So, make sure it’s someone with whom you feel comfortable and can communicate freely.
Also, you should choose someone who doesn’t make you feel nervous to ask questions. Ideally, they understand how much of a challenge the divorce process can be. Lawyers can be empathetic and if that’s what you need, then find the lawyer who can give it to you.
When you start your search, think about your goals in the divorce. This can help to guide you on the path to finding a great attorney. For example, if child custody is an issue, then you know upfront to look for someone with experience in that department. When you do find a lawyer, let them know any issues ahead of time that can complicate the divorce process.
About the Author:
Andrew T. Poole is a Minnesota native who has served in the Army for more than 18 years and is currently a JAG lawyer in the Army Reserves in addition to serving as a partner at LaCourse, Poole & Envall. He has handled thousands of criminal and family law cases over the course of his career and has a firm belief that all hardworking Minnesotans should be entitled to the best possible legal counsel. Mr. Poole boasts a 10/10 Superb rating on Avvo, is Lead Counsel rated, and has been recognized multiple times by SuperLawyers, National Trial Lawyers, and others for his work.