Hiring the Right Attorney
If you are facing a divorce or another family law problem, you have many important decisions to make. One of the biggest is hiring the right attorney. How can you be sure you are making the right decision for you and your loved ones?
What to look for in your divorce lawyer:
- Experience: A lawyer who has seen these issues many times before and knows how they tend to play out can help you avoid mistakes and pitfalls that could prove costly.
- Knowledge: What does Illinois divorce law say about your issue? How is a judge likely to rule on it? Have there been recent changes in the law or landmark cases that affect your legal matter? Up-to-date knowledge of Illinois family law statutes and applicable case law are essential to a divorce lawyer’s practice.
- Ethics: When your attorney speaks for you, are his or her words taken seriously? Does your lawyer have a reputation for being fair and honest or for engaging in baseless tricks and tactics? You better hope it’s the former, especially if you are involved in a high-stakes divorce.
- Reputation: What do peers, colleagues and former clients have to say about an attorney? Third-party credentials such as Martindale-Hubbell ratings are a reliable indicator of an attorney’s skill and experience.
The Perils of ‘Low-Cost’ Divorce
There is no shortage of so-called low-cost divorce options out there. Some people even consider do-it-yourself divorce because it appears cheap, fast and simple on the surface. While these options may save you money in the short term, they could cost you significantly in the long run.
What many people don’t realize is the sheer complexity of divorce law and the long-term implications of mistakes and oversights. An error in your divorce paperwork could cost you tens of thousands of dollars or more over the course of your life. The cost of hiring a good lawyer to fix an error is likely a lot more than hiring that lawyer in the first place.
The options are yours. We can only speak from experience. For our clients, hiring an experienced, highly qualified, AV-rated* divorce attorney was a sound investment they were willing to make. David N. Schaffer is often retained to try and fix a bad divorce.
Contact Our Law Firm to Learn More
If you would like to discuss your family law issue with an experienced attorney in Naperville, Illinois, we are here for you. Call us today at 630-922-4500 or contact us online to arrange an initial consultation.
*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories — legal ability and general ethical standards.