Top Tips on How to Find the Best Family Law Attorney for Your Needs

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Are you and your ex constantly fighting over potential custody arrangements?

Have you and your fiance decided that you’d like to draw up a prenuptial agreement before you tie the knot?

Perhaps you’re even struggling with siblings and other surviving family members when dividing an estate or interpreting a will. 

If you’re currently dealing with any of the above situations, now is the right time to start researching local family lawyers. With so many options and recommendations from well-meaning friends and extended family members, however, it can be tough to choose the right family lawyer.

Read on to learn how to find the best family law attorney for your situation.

1. Get to Know Their Experience

Of course, you’ll want to ensure that the family law attorneys you’re thinking of hiring are licensed to practice within your state and are members of the American Bar Association.

You may even want to contact the law school they attended to verify that they were, in fact, a student there.

But in order to find the best family law attorney, that’s far from the only thing you need to do.

You should also ask how long they’ve been in practice and, most importantly, how many times they’ve handled cases similar to your own. For example, if you’re looking for a family lawyer to handle the division of a grandparent’s estate, don’t hire a legal professional who mainly works in child custody.

Make sure you ask them about their wins and losses in court, as well — and the kinds of settlements and agreements they were able to broker for their clients.

Speak with past clients directly whenever possible. 

2. Ask About Your Case Options

The best family law attorney will also be able to give you several options for how they plan to approach your case.

They’ll also walk you through your different legal options.

For example, you may be able to avoid going to trial altogether if your attorney can help you with family law mediation.

You may need to serve your ex with divorce papers, cut off contact with family members until the will contestation has ended, or even collect evidence of abuse or wrongdoing.

3. Understand Their Fee Structure

Family law attorneys have a variety of different fee structures, and you need to find a professional with a rate and billing process that works for you.

Ask if they charge an hourly rate, a retainer fee, or even a contingency fee.

Are there additional costs, such as filing fees, fees for expert witnesses (psychologists, handwriting analysts, etc.) and court costs? How often will you be billed, and when is the full payment due?

Knowing the costs before you sign anything can save both you and your attorney serious potential headaches later.

Finding the Best Family Law Attorney Takes Time

Although you may be tempted to choose the first result that pops up when you type “best family lawyer near me” into Google, if you truly want top-tier legal help, you need to take the time to do research.

The best family law attorney will be an excellent communicator, have lots of experience, help you to understand your options, and make you feel at ease.

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Ellie Davis
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It’s interesting to know that you need to ensure that the family law attorney you’re thinking is licensed to practice within your state. My brother is getting divorced, and we are looking for advice to help him. I will let him know to contact a family lawyer to help my brother.

Elisabeth Southgate
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I like how you mentioned to ask a potential lawyer about the options you have concerning your particular case. My niece is thinking about filing for a divorce soon. She will be interested to know that she can consult with an attorney.

Kate Hansen
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I liked how you said that you should get to know about their experience. My sister is wanting to find a family lawyer. I’ll make sure to pass this information along to her so she can know what to look for in one.

Vivian Black
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My brother and his family are going through a tough time and are getting a divorce. My brother asked me to find him the best possible way to get as much as he can in the case. I love how you talked about making sure that the cases they handled fits along with yours. These tips will be nice to have when I help him choose a professional for his famil

Callum Palmer
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I might have to get some family help. It would probably be a good idea to talk to an attorney. I’ll look more into this as that way, I could ask them questions about my case.

Jane Burt
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Thank you for explaining that you should ask your family law attorney about your case options. My sister is needing to work with a family lawyer but she doesn’t know her options. I will suggest that she ask the lawyer about her case options.

Faylinn
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Thank you for saying that you should try to understand the structure of the fees. MY husband and I have decided to get divorced soon. We will have to find an attorney that will help us understand everything.

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Jay Jorgenson
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I like how you mention to get to know the lawyer and ask how long they’ve been working as a lawyer. My aunt is getting divorced and she wants to keep her daughter. I’ll recommend her to contact a family lawyer so her ex won’t take her daughter away.

Taylor Anderson
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It’s really important that you understand a lawyer’s fee structure. My cousin is in a nasty spat with his soon-to-be ex-wife. These tips could help him find a great family lawyer, so thanks for sharing them.

drake welsh
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I love that you suggested to check the experience level of an attorney before you hire them. My wife and I have been talking about finding an attorney to help our family when the time comes when we will need one. When we look for one, I will be sure to check their experience level.

David Johnson
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My sister is having some trouble with custody of her children and trying to decide if she should file for a divorce. Thank you for explaining that as soon as possible is the time to look for a lawyer. I’ll have to find a family lawyer.

Erika Bradey
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Your advice to learn how long the family law attorney has been in practice and to check their qualifications would be helpful. When choosing one, it would probably be a good idea to research local lawyers online. Their website could provide you with information on their family law experience in order to determine which one would be best to hire.

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