How to Choose the Best Divorce Lawyer
What to be Aware of Regarding Divorces
By: Dr. Nick Oberheiden and James Bell
If you are considering a divorce, your choice of attorneys and law firm could have consequences that may impact the rest of your life. While this sounds drastic, it is nonetheless true—guaranteed. Factors such as experience, dedication, talent, and most importantly, proven results, do count.
But how do you choose the right lawyer to handle your divorce case? In this brief article, we will explain everything you need to know when making this decision.
When you are getting a divorce, there are several things that you should be aware of—from the outset. First, not only can a divorce impact your current state of affairs—such as your assets, money, and property—but it can also impact your future earnings, including your retirement funds and pension. Second, depending on the specific facts of your divorce case, it may be more beneficial for you to proceed to trial and litigate your case in court. You need to be aware of these realities before making an informed decision about the right attorney and law firm for your divorce.
Divorce Can Impact Your Future Earnings
A divorce arrangement has the potential to reach your future stream of income by garnishment or attachment and can impact your retirement and pension. Do not be fooled by law firms that promote a “quick and cheap” divorce. We understand that you are anxious to begin a new stage of your life and be free from the stress, anxiety, and emotions of a divorce; however, do not let this cloud your judgment about the realities and consequences of divorce. Ask questions. Make sure that you are retaining an attorney who can explain to you the potential impact on your future earnings. This attorney should not only be able to adequately answer your questions but should also assure you that they will fight to safeguard your future earnings. At JSBell & Partners, our divorce attorneys and professionals are experienced in advising our clients on how the particulars of their divorce could affect their future income and also in guiding our clients on how to secure a divorce arrangement that safeguards their right to such future income.
Settlement versus Litigation?
Many law firms stress the imperative of settling clients’ divorce cases because it is easier and involves less time. However, it is not always better to settle a divorce issue. This depends on the facts and circumstances of your divorce. The reality, sadly, is that many law firms selectively choose cases that will take little time or that result in a greater financial benefit. In doing so, these law firms will encourage their clients to settle their case as soon as possible. At JSBell & Partners, this is not the way we operate. We provide strategic advice to our clients as to when it would be advantageous to take their divorce case to trial.
For more information about what to expect from your divorce law attorney and what they will handle, you can read: What Can My Divorce Lawyer Help Me With?
5 Common Mistakes When Choosing the Best Divorce Lawyer for Your Case
There are lots of divorce law firms that publish online articles about what you should do when deciding how to hire an attorney to handle your divorce. However, not many law firms discuss the common mistakes that many people make when choosing a divorce attorney. To be honest, people already know what to look for when hiring a divorce attorney: experience, quality, results, etc.
On the other hand, knowing what to avoid or the common mistakes that people make are not so obvious. At JSBell & Partners, we want to ensure that all individuals have access to the information they need to make informed decisions about hiring a divorce attorney. We want all individuals going through a divorce to avoid these mistakes that could potentially impact their entire divorce case and its resolution. So, if you are going through a divorce and are looking to hire a divorce attorney, here are five costly mistakes to avoid:
Mistake #1: Delaying in Making the Decision of Whether to Hire a Divorce Attorney
When you are in the middle of a divorce, you do not want to wait too long before hiring legal counsel. While there are no time limits to be concerned about, there are important aspects of a divorce that require careful planning and time. Also, at the same time, your spouse may have already hired an attorney who is actively working to get your spouse the maximum divorce arrangement. You need to make sure that you have a fair chance at getting a financial arrangement for your divorce that you deserve.
The longer you wait, the more difficult it may become to gather a detailed list of your assets, arrange for valuation, preparing a case on custody, or handle other requests in time to respond to your spouse’s claims to the same. A divorce arrangement that maximizes your end result while compromising as little as possible during the process requires time and effort. An experienced divorce attorney will understand what is required in your case and will be able to act quickly to respond to your spouse’s counsel in order to protect the end result in your divorce proceeding.
Mistake #2: Assuming That You Can Save Money by Handling Your Divorce on Your Own
As someone who is considering a divorce or who is already in the middle of a divorce, you are likely overwhelmed by intense emotions such as anxiety, stress, confusion, etc. We understand these emotions are running high, but we do not want these emotions to overshadow the need to protect yourself first. Many individuals believe that it will be both cheaper and easier to finalize their divorce on their own without the help of legal counsel. Or, even worse, they believe that their spouse’s attorney can finalize their divorce as soon as possible without having to hire a divorce attorney for themselves. Do not forget, your spouse may have already hired an attorney to handle all divorce-related issues in your spouse’s favor—not with your best interests in mind.
We want you to understand that you do not have to go through a divorce on your own. It is possible to reach that new stage in your life quickly without having to compromise. Do not trust that your spouse’s attorney will also promote your interests. Do not let your desire to complete your divorce hinder the imperative of protecting your life’s work and future earnings. Hire an experienced divorce law firm that can handle all these complex divorce-related issues—in your favor. This way, you can get your fresh start in life and be assured that the end result is the most beneficial for you.
Mistake #3: Assuming That There is Nothing You Can Do to Affect the Outcome of Your Divorce
Another common mistake that many people make when going through their divorce is thinking that there is nothing that they can do to affect the outcome of their divorce. Sometimes, people also think that there is nothing that an attorney can do for their divorce. They assume that courts will simply rule in favor of their spouses—whether the issue involves property division or child custody.
We want you to know that this assumption is false. Everything you say and do matters and the sooner you start saying and doing things in your divorce, the bigger impact it can have in securing a favorable end result for your divorce. If you leave matters up to the judicial process or let your spouse’s attorney handle the divorce, you are going to end up with less than you truly deserve. On the other hand, retaining an attorney can make a significant difference. Hiring a divorce attorney to immediately start working on your case in your favor will significantly impact the outcome of your divorce arrangement—especially when your divorce attorney is experienced, dedicated, and passionate to obtaining the maximum financial award package for their clients’ divorce. An experienced divorce attorney at JSBell & Partners will give you the best chance at securing the maximum value out of your divorce. Our divorce attorneys and professionals give every divorce client an aggressive and personalized approach based on the specific needs of their divorce.
Mistake #4: Letting Short Term Goals Compromise the Potential Long-Term Consequences of Your Divorce
As with all divorces, most people want a quick divorce. However, this approach is mistaken and can lead to devastating and life-impacting consequences in the long-run. When you are going through a divorce, it is understandable to be focused on the short term goal of finalizing the entire divorce as quickly as possible. But in order to protect yourself, you need to think about the future. If you are uncertain about how your divorce case may turn out, you need to act immediately to make sure you have a fair chance at preserving and maximizing the value of your divorce arrangement.
An experienced team of divorce attorneys can help you see the bigger picture in the long run. We understand that it is tempting to settle quickly and move on with your life, but you could experience regret and negative consequences for years to come as a result of your quick decision. Do not let this happen to you.
At JSBell & Partners, we fight to ensure that our clients receive the maximum value from their divorce that is both fair and beneficial for them considering their current state of affairs and also considering their future income and earnings—including their pension and retirement. Additionally, since our law firm charges less than other law firms, we can ensure that you will receive as much money as possible from your divorce proceeding.
Mistake #5: Hiring an Inexperienced Divorce Lawyer Who Prefers to Settle Cases and Not Go to Trial
Finally, as briefly mentioned, some law firms encourage or even pressure their divorce clients to settle in order to avoid a lengthy trial or to simply save time. Be aware that this approach may not give you the best outcome. If you are serious about making sure that your divorce proceeding is fair and that you receive the maximum value possible, you need to think seriously about your choice of legal representation. Your attorney can greatly impact the result of your case.
First, make sure you hire an attorney with relevant experience in divorce law. Divorce law can get complicated especially if there are substantial assets at stake or if the divorce proceeding involves the custody of children. Not all law firms have the knowledge and resources to handle divorce cases effectively. Second, make sure you choose an attorney and law firm that takes their divorce cases to trial. While settling can save time and is often the first priority, there are times when it would be better to fight for your case in court. An attorney that regularly takes divorces cases to trial is not only experienced at litigating divorce actions in your favor but is also passionate about going the extra mile to get you the maximum value possible for your divorce arrangement.
Schedule a Free, Confidential, No-Obligation Consultation with an Experienced Divorce Lawyer at JSBell & Partners
Would you like to speak with one of our experienced divorce attorneys about your divorce proceeding? If so, do not hesitate to schedule your free, confidential, no-obligation consultation at JSBell & Partners. To discuss your case as soon as possible, call 469-587-6742 or tell us about your case online immediately.