Taking your time to research and interview attorneys can be beneficial;
in fact, we encourage it. Before you dive in and retain legal counsel,
consider asking your prospective family lawyer the following questions.
1. What are the "hills to die on" in my case?
After explaining your situation to the attorney, ask them this question.
Essentially, what are the issues you should fight for and on which issues
should you compromise? The answer to this question will shed light on
how far your attorney is willing to go to get you your desired result.
2. What is the most seamless way to achieve a resolution?
Be wary of any attorney who gives the impression they want to prolong your
case unnecessarily. This could indicate that the attorney cares more about
how much money they can get out of you than achieving the best outcome.
3. What will the financial implications be?
You want your attorney to be open about how this will affect you financially.
Ask this question and demand transparency. Is the attorney willing to
explain all legal costs and third party fees? Will they disclose their
4. What types of family law cases do you have experience litigating?
At McKinley Irvin, we match our clients up to the attorney best suited
to meet their unique needs. For example, if you are seeking to divorce
your spouse and your spouse is in the military, we will match you up with
an attorney experienced in military-specific divorces. Ask the attorney
what types of family law cases they have experience in and are most comfortable handling.
5. How and when can I reach you?
An attorney that makes him or herself available to you can have a profound
impact on your case. Communication is key. Don't be afraid to ask
the attorney how and when you can reach them when you have questions or
concerns about your case.
6. If anyone else at the firm will be working on my case, can I meet them?
Ask your attorney if anyone else at the firm will be involved in your case.
If so, ask if you can meet them. Retaining a family lawyer is a big investment,
and as such, you are entitled to know the details of that investment.
Even an associate or paralegal assisting with your case that you feel
uncomfortable with can be adequate reason to look elsewhere for legal counsel.
7. What type of strategy do you recommend for my case?
This shouldn't be a secret. Look for an attorney that will candidly
explain their anticipated strategy for handling your case. If you aren't
confident in their strategy, or better yet, if they do not sound confident
in their strategy, this could be cause for concern.
The family attorneys at McKinley Irvin are here to meet your legal needs.
If you are interested in learning more about how our firm could help you,
we invite you to contact us and schedule a consultation.