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How to Hire a San Francisco Child Custody Lawyer

If you are involved in a San Francisco child custody dispute, you will want to investigate San Francisco child custody lawyers to hire.

San Francisco custody attorneys can use their legal expertise to advise you throughout your custody case. It is important to remember, however, that not every custody lawyer is right for your case. Do not worry if you have not hired a lawyer in the past. This article will walk you through the process of hiring a San Francisco child custody attorney.

Identifying San Francisco Child Custody Attorneys to Hire

The first step in hiring a San Francisco child custody attorney is to find names of prospective lawyers.

You can begin this process by talking to people you know. Ask friends and family members who have hired a child custody lawyer in the past about their experiences. Questions to ask include:

  • What did you like about the attorney?
  • What did you not like about the attorney?
  • What did you think of the attorney's fees?
  • Would you recommend the attorney?

If interested, get the lawyer's contact information from your contact.

You can also use a site like Whether you live in Portero Hill, the Sunset District, the Richmond District or another part of the city, can connect you to at least one San Francisco child custody lawyer in your area.

To begin this process, call 1-877-913-7222 or fill out the online form on this site. After answering a few questions, will put you in touch with one or more San Francisco custody attorneys. The lawyer will contact you within two business days, or you can contact him at your earliest convenience.

Setting Up an Initial Consultation

Once you have at least one attorney you are interested in, you should set up an initial consultation. An initial consultation is a preliminary meeting with an attorney. It is your opportunity to ask the attorney questions about his practice, inform him about your custody case and decide whether to hire him.

You will want to prepare for the consultation. This means you should gather any documents together that are relevant to your case. This may include copies of temporary orders, financial information and housing information.

You will also want to prepare a list of questions for the attorney. Focus on questions that will help you make a hiring decision. If you have special needs, such as foreign language ability or disabled accessibility, ask about those as well. Understand that the lawyer may talk case strategy, but he won't give you specific legal advice.

The questions you ask the attorney should hit on several areas, including:

  • The lawyer's work experience and education
  • His case strategy
  • His case management practices
  • His legal fees and bill method

Specific questions you should consider asking include:

  • How long has the attorney worked on San Francisco child custody cases?
  • What does he think of your case? What are its strengths and weaknesses?
  • How can you reach the attorney if you have a question? How long will it take for him to respond?
  • What type of billing method does he use? How much are his fees?
  • Will others be working on your case? If so, what will their roles be and can you meet them?

Remember to bring pen and paper to the consultation so you can take thorough notes.

After the Consultation

Once you leave the consultation, write down your thoughts while they are still fresh in your memory. Weigh the pros and cons of each attorney you speak to.

If you are still having a difficult time making a decision, ask the attorney if he can provide names and contact information of past clients who can serve as references. Reach out to these clients and ask them some of the following questions:

  • What did the client like about the lawyer's services?
  • What did the client not like about the lawyer's services?
  • Was the attorney easy to reach if the client had a question? Did he promptly return the client's messages?
  • Did the client find his fees reasonable?
  • Would the client recommend the attorney to a friend?

After assessing each lawyer and speaking with references, you should be able to make an informed hiring decision. Hire a San Francisco child custody attorney you think is a good fit for you and your case, then move forward with the matter.