Fortunately, there are some reliable indications to help you distinguish between the good and the mediocre divorce lawyers. So keep these factors in mind when seeking out someone to represent your interests:
- A good family solicitor will have an excellent word-of-mouth reputation. Try talking to friends and family who have already been through the process. They will be able to tell you stories about firms and lawyers who gave good service and help you avoid those who did not. Even in the digital age, word-of-mouth still carries a lot of weight, especially when it comes from people you know and trust.
- Has a solicitor been recommended by the Legal 500? Although recommendations from people you know are very helpful, the Legal 500 can give you a more overall sense of a solicitor or law firm’s quality of service. So if advice from family and friends has not helped as much as you would like, this is a relatively safe barometer of quality.
- Be mindful of solicitors who keep looking at the clock during your first appointment. This is not a promising sign. A top quality solicitor will care about your case and give you their full attention. If they are checking the time during your first appointment that should tell you how much they value you as a client.
- Be wary of solicitors who do not give you a straight answer. This is especially true when it comes to questions you may have about costs. It is a very important part of the divorce process so it is natural to wonder how your finances will be resolved. If your solicitor cannot give you answers within a qualified range of parameters, you should reconsider having them advise you.
- A good divorce lawyer is very straightforward. They will not get your hopes up about the possible outcomes or costs as they will have experienced similar cases before. This is one of the benefits of someone with the appropriate knowledge and experience. If they have communicated this properly, you should feel much more confident going forward.
- A quality solicitor will clearly discuss and explain your options, as well as asking you what you want. So if you come away from an appointment with your solicitor and do not have a clear idea of how your case will proceed, you need to be wary.
One final point to make is that it is essential you clearly explain your requirements. If you fail to do so, then it is not the solicitor’s fault if you are unhappy at the conclusion of your divorce. Being clear and direct will give them a much better idea about how to approach your case.