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How to Hire an Ohio Divorce Attorney
If you're contemplating divorce, you may feel overwhelmed by the details and not know where to start. Hiring an Ohio divorce attorney will help ease some of your concerns and reduce your confusion. A qualified divorce lawyer will be familiar with Ohio state divorce laws and will know the local courts and judges. Not only can your lawyer guide you through the divorce process, but he or she will also be able to explain the pros and cons of each legal decision you make.
Personal recommendations can be helpful when hiring a lawyer. If you know someone who is recently divorced, ask if they'd recommend their Ohio divorce lawyer. But if you can't get a personal recommendation, then you've come to the right place. Whether you live in Akron, Cleveland, Toledo, Dayton or elsewhere in the state, Attorneys.com can put you in touch with Ohio divorce lawyers in your area.
Complete the form on this page or call us at 1-877-913-7222 to start the process. We'll ask you a few questions, then we'll connect you with at least one Ohio divorce attorney in your area. You can call the attorney at your convenience, or the attorney will contact you within two business days.
Screening Ohio Divorce Attorneys
Once you've gotten the name of at least one Ohio divorce lawyer, you'll want to schedule a preliminary meeting (often called an initial consultation). This meeting is your opportunity to evaluate the lawyer before deciding to hire him or her.
In preparation for the initial consultation, you'll want to make a list of relevant questions to help you decide whether the attorney is qualified to handle your case. Topics to discuss include:
- The attorney's educational and professional background, and experience handling divorces in Ohio
- The attorney's recommended strategy and approach to handling your case
- How much the attorney charges for his or her time, and an estimate of the total cost to handle your divorce
You'll also want to provide the attorney with a basic overview of the details of your divorce. Rest assured that anything you say will be kept confidential even if you decide to hire a different lawyer.
Take some writing materials to the initial consultation so you can make notes.
Selecting an Ohio Divorce Attorney
After you've finished meeting with all of the lawyers you're considering for your case, you'll want to review your note and decide which attorney you want to hire. To simplify the process, eliminate any lawyer without the necessary skills and experience to handle your case. You'll also want to eliminate those attorneys whose fees you can't afford.
Once you've narrowed down your selection to a couple of attorneys, it helps to do a side-by-side comparison on all of the points that are important to you. Remember that you're not just hiring a lawyer for his or her legal skills. You also want a lawyer whose judgment you trust. After all, you'll be relying on your attorney for guidance and advice through the course of your divorce. Once you've found that lawyer, you're ready to move forward with your divorce.