Preparing for the Main Event: Tips for Hiring an Illinois Divorce Attorney
It is over. You and your spouse have decided to throw in the towel. At this point you have both realized that your marriage is on the ropes and soon to be down for the count. As you are lacing up your gloves in anticipation, it is time to retain an experienced trainer, in this case, an experienced Illinois divorce attorney. Lets get ready to rumble…Seriously researching and retaining your divorce attorney is an important decision. You need to feel comfortable and confident in the one person who will be your strongest ally and advocate. When researching family law attorneys in your area, keep these tips in mind:
Do your homework. Investigate the internet, check with friends and even contact your local bar association for referrals.You are seeking a service and it is quite common to openly discuss fee schedules up front to ward off any surprises. Attorney fees can realistically range anywhere from $100 to over $500 per hour. The outcome of your divorce will define your future. Choosing an attorney based on cost alone is not the best strategy.
Discuss the costs and be direct. Inquire about hourly rates and whether you would be required to pay a retainer or if entering into a payment plan is an option. Also ask to review the fee agreement. These can be either simple or complex in nature. Ask questions. At no time should you ever feel pressured to sign on the dotted line during the initial consultation. If you are comfortable with the attorney, you can sign an agreement, but if you feel any hesitation mention that you would like some time to think about it.
Prepare a list of questions or specific concerns with regard to your situation. Plan to consult with more than one attorney. An initial consultation will help you narrow down your options. You need to feel comfortable with an attorney as well coming away with a full assessment of their competence. Approach it as an interactive interview.
The anticipated main event is approaching fast. You need to make an informed decision as to which attorney you retain as your legal advocate. Once you have made your decision, as a courtesy, contact the other attorneys to let them know you will not require their services.
The gloves are off, the bell has rung. You just completed round one.
If you are in the process on consulting with Illinois family law attorneys and reside in the Kane, Kendall, Dekalb and DuPage Counties, The Law Offices of Douglas B. Warlick & Associates can be that strong advocate in your corner. Since 1981, attorney Warlick has made it a practice to meet with prospective clients personally and will handle every aspect of your case himself. You can count on the experience and integrity of our firm to fight the good fight. Contact us at 630-232-9700 to schedule your consultation today.