The most important step in the divorce process is hiring the right divorce lawyer. For most people beginning the divorce process, this is the first time they have ever had to hire an attorney. Given the importance of this first step, I put together a list of things that I felt were most important in the selection process. I created this list based upon my experience in handling hundreds of Texas divorces.
Before I dive into the list, I think it is important to define what services and traits a good divorce attorney offers, from a high level perspective. I find that many clients enter the process with preconceived notions from television, friends, and family. They typically do not know what defines a good divorce lawyer and their preconceived notions can pave the way towards disappointment or frustration from the start. That said, a good divorce attorney provides the following:
So, now that you have a sense of what services and traits a good divorce attorney provides, the difficult part is determining whether a divorce attorney possesses those qualities. How is it possible to evaluate these traits during an initial consultation? Difficult as it may be, I believe you can leave an initial consultation with an idea of whether that divorce attorney is a good fit by looking for the following:
Sample Questions for a Divorce Attorney:
*Justin M. Jackson is an attorney in Cedar Park, Texas who focuses primarily on divorce and family law cases. Mr. Jackson received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and his law degree from. St. Mary’s University School of Law, magna cum laude. In 2012, 2014 and 2015, Mr. Jackson was recognized as a Rising Star by Texas Monthly Superlawyers, limited to less than the top 2.5% of young lawyers.