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How to Hire a South Carolina Divorce Lawyer
Since you've decided to get a divorce, you've probably also given some thought to hiring a South Carolina divorce lawyer. Divorce can be a legally confusing process on top of an already emotional situation. A divorce lawyer can act as your guide, handle many of the legal details, and offer advice on the potential ramifications of each legal decision you make.
If you have never before hired a lawyer, you may not know where to start. This article will guide you through the process.
Do you know anyone who's recently gotten a divorce? Personal recommendations can be tremendously valuable. Consider asking your divorced family members and friends if they'd recommend their South Carolina divorce lawyers. You may, however, feel uncomfortable asking for recommendations or discussing your divorce with people close to you. If that's the case, you've come to the right place. Whether you live in Columbia, Greenville, Spartanburg, Charleston, Hilton Head or elsewhere in South Carolina, Attorneys.com can connect you with South Carolina divorce attorneys in your areas.
To begin the process, simply complete the form on this page or call us at 1-877-913-7222. After asking you a few questions, we'll put you in touch with at least one South Carolina divorce lawyer in your area. This lawyer will call you within two business day, or you can contact the lawyer at your convenience.
Meeting South Carolina Divorce Lawyers
Before hiring an attorney, you should meet and get to know the lawyer. Most attorneys will offer potential clients an initial consultation. This short meeting is designed to let you get to know more about the attorney's background and expertise, while also giving the attorney the opportunity learn more about your divorce. Often attorneys won't charge for initial consultations, but some may charge a fee; ask the lawyer if there will be a charge before your meeting.
You should prepare for your initial consultation by making some written notes. You'll want to outline the basic details of your divorce so you don't forget anything when describing your situation to the lawyer. You'll also want to make a list of questions that will help you learn more about the lawyer. Among the topics to consider discussing:
- The lawyer's educational and professional background, and experience handling South Carolina divorce cases
- The lawyer's recommended strategy for handling your divorce
- The lawyer's billing rate, and an estimated cost of your South Carolina divorce
Remember to bring writing materials to your meetings, so you can take notes. And know that anything you tell the lawyer will be kept confidential even if you end up hiring a different lawyer.
Selecting a South Carolina Divorce Lawyer
After you've finished meeting with South Carolina divorce lawyers, you're ready to select and hire the lawyer to handle your divorce. If one lawyer stood out from the others, then your hiring decision will be easy. If not, start by eliminating from consideration any lawyers without the necessary experience to handle your divorce. You'll also want to cross a lawyer off your list if you can't afford the legal fees. Finally, if there were attorneys whose strategy or demeanor you didn't like, then you should eliminate them, too.
When selecting a lawyer, you're making both an objective decision-does the lawyer have the skills to handle your case?-and a subjective decision-do I trust this lawyer to handle my divorce? Ideally, you'll find one lawyer where the answer to both of those questions is "yes." Once you've found that South Carolina divorce lawyer, you're ready to move forward with your divorce.