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By Leigh Sellers Divorce 101- Who Do I Hire?


well-meaning friends and family mem- bers who share their opinions and thoughts do not always help a person navigate the process. One important decision to make early in the process is to choose a trusted legal representative. The following information contains sug- gestions to help you choose a divorce attorney that fits your needs. None of these ideas are completely original, but they represent tried and true points to consider at this very important time.


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Seek recommendations from trusted friends or colleagues. One place to begin is to ask people you trust about their thoughts about who represented them in their divorce and who represented their spouse.


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should look for someone that you can communicate with easily. Everyone wants someone with experience and skill, but a personal ability to connect


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eople facing a separation or divorce are facing a mul- titude of decisions and are often filled with fear. The


with the individual client is also im- portant. Be sure to ask about fees and charges, how quickly messages were returned, how prepared they felt the at- torney was to make decisions or attend a hearing, and how well they thought the attorney advocated what was most important to them.


Research any names you are given on the Internet


Look into individual attorney’s cre- dentials and education as well as their involvement in the area you need, divorce. If possible, you want to find some one who spends a concentrated amount of time doing divorce work, as opposed to someone who practice in a large number of areas. No one can be an expert at everything. Some websites try to rank attorneys and this can be helpful. But don’t rely solely on these rankings as some sites require member- ship or a specific number of posts to their website. Some websites are based on peer rankings, not client rankings. Experience often speaks for its self. Ask


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