How to Hire a New York Divorce Lawyer
If you need to hire a New York divorce lawyer, you may be feeling uncertain about how to find and select an attorney. This is a normal feeling, and this article will walk you through the process.
To start the process, ask your family members, friends, and co-workers if they've previously used New York divorce lawyers. If so, would they recommend that you use the same attorney?
Personal recommendations can be invaluable, but you may not have anyone to ask for suggestions or you may not feel comfortable talking about your divorce. If that's the case, you've come to the right place. Regardless of whether you live in Manhattan, Staten Island, Syracuse, Long Island or elsewhere in New York, Attorneys.com offers a service that can connect you with divorce attorneys in your area.
To begin the process, simply complete the form on this page or call us at 1-877-913-7222. After we ask you a few questions, we'll put you in touch with one or more New York divorce lawyers. These attorneys will contact you within two business days, or you can contact them at your convenience.
Connecting with New York Divorce Lawyers
Before selecting an attorney to handle your divorce, you should schedule an initial consultation. This short meeting is your opportunity to meet and get to know a New York divorce lawyer and to familiarize the attorney with your divorce. Many attorneys offer these consultations for free, though some do charge.
You should prepare for the meeting by making some written notes about things you'd like to discuss. Not surprisingly, you'll want to discuss the key issues and reasons why you want a divorce. But you'll also want to question the attorney about his or her skills and background. Among the topics to consider discussing:
- The attorney's educational and professional background
- The attorney's experience handling New York divorce cases and New York divorce mediation
- The attorney's recommended strategy for your divorce case
- The attorney's hourly rate or flat rate for handling divorce cases, and the total estimated cost to handle your divorce
Remember that anything you tell an attorney will remain confidential, even if you end up hiring a different New York divorce lawyer.
Selecting a New York Divorce Lawyer
After each of your initial consultations, you should make some written notes with your impressions of each attorney. After the last of these meetings, it's time to select and hire a New York divorce lawyer.
To make your selection easier, start by eliminating any attorneys whom you definitely do not want to hire. Presumably, that will narrow the list down to one or two attorneys. From that point, you'll want to consider which attorney has the best experience and skills to handle your divorce case. But you'll also want to think about which attorney makes you most comfortable and which attorney you're most likely to trust. Because selecting an attorney requires you to make both objective and subjective decisions. Once you've identified the person who meets your requirements, then you're ready to proceed with your New York divorce.