How to Vet a Family Law Attorney

Whether it is a trust, an adoption or a divorce chances are high that the time will come when you’re going to need assistance from a family law attorney in Lee County.

But where do you start?  How do you know you’re finding the best help for your situation?

Here are a few tips to help you make the best choice in attorneys for your particular situation:

Understand what you need

The first step in finding the right solution to your law needs is to understand your problem.  There are several online databases and forums to help you research your particular legal matter.  This won’t substitute actual quality counsel, but it will help you be more specific and more educated about your issue when speaking with potential attorneys.

Appreciate word-of-mouth references

Nothing beats first-hand client references when you’re searching for an attorney to help you.  Ask trusted friends and colleagues for names and references and pay particular attention to the good and the bad.

If you’re having a hard time finding people in your network who have experience with local attorneys, the next step is to create you short list of candidates from online and phone book searches.  Look for firms and practitioners with professional web sites and easy-to-find contact methods.

Search online peer and client reviews

While you won’t get all the answers you need, peer review sites and client reviews on popular review aggregate sites will give you valuable information on your list of candidates.  When sitting down to meet with potential attorneys, ask any questions that come to mind in light of your research and personal references.  This is your chance to get to know how an attorney operates and whether you’d be compatible as a team.