If you are considering filing for divorce, you should also consider hiring a divorce attorney to help you with your case. While you can file for divorce and complete the process without an attorney, there are often great benefits to hiring an attorney. When selecting an attorney, there are many factors to consider. These 5 tips may help you make the choice of which lawyer to hire on your divorce case. The Ventura divorce lawyers at The Law Offices of Bamieh and De Smeth offer free consultations on new divorce cases.
5 Factors for Hiring a Divorce Lawyer in Ventura, CA
Choosing a lawyer can be a difficult decision. There are thousands of lawyers that may work in your area, and knowing which lawyer is the best fit for you and your case is hard. The following tips to consider may help you decide which layer or law firm to hire for your case:
Focus on Family Law
Attorneys often work in many areas of practice, and they may spread themselves thin across various types of law. Attorneys that work as generalists or practice in every area of law may not have the experience and knowledge in a particular field of law to enable them to give the best representation on your case. Our lawyers have experience handling divorce cases and other family law matters from beginning to end. This knowledge and experience gives us the tools and experience to help with your divorce case.
Related Practice Areas
Marriage and divorce are huge life changes. They affect so many parts of your life, including finances and child custody. If you have children, own property, run a business, or even have your own income, a divorce can become far more complicated. It is important to have a divorce attorney that not only handles divorce cases, but also handles the related types of cases that come along with divorce.
While getting divorced, you may need help with other related areas of family law, especially:
- Asset division,
- Child custody,
- Child support,
- Spousal support/alimony, and more.
The attorneys at Bamieh and De Smeth handle not only divorce cases, but also cases in these and other areas of family law.
Choose Experienced Attorneys
While experience in the particular field of law and related fields are all important, the overall wealth of experience the attorney has is also vital. Some of our attorneys have over 20 years of experience in the law and have handled thousands of legal cases. With this experience comes an understanding of common problems that emerge, how to handle particular types of cases, and an understanding of trends in the law. Our lawyers’ experience helps them determine the proper course of action in your case and predict how uncommon or unique cases should be handled. Especially with the everchanging makeup of the “typical” family in the United States, our lawyers are equipped to handle LGBT divorces, divorces involving children from previous relationships, and even more novel cases and issues.
Choose an Attorney Who Protects Your Interests
Many attorneys will work for their clients, but it is important that an attorney also listen to their clients. Your goals, the level of risk you’re willing to accept, and the overall care that your attorney gives your case is important.
In a divorce case, your priorities may be vastly different than your attorney’s. It is important to discuss your goals with your lawyer, and to select an attorney who will work with your goals in mind. Though lawyers may focus on asset division and devote their time to getting their client as much of the property they deserve, your focus may be more on ongoing spousal support or child support instead. Discussing these goals with your lawyer from the outset can help you choose an attorney that will work for you.
In order to understand your prospective attorney’s areas of practice, field of focus, experience, and overall compatibility with your goals, it is important to sit down and talk with an attorney you may consider hiring. Legal ethics rules demand that a consultation with a prospective client has nearly the same level of confidentiality and professionalism that a full-fledged client deserves. That means that your consultation does not put your case at risk or compromise your privacy. If the consultation costs money, the only real risk is losing that fee. With a free consultation, you can get access to these answers, understand what the attorney can do for you, and start discussing your case without any financial risk.
Ventura, CA Divorce Lawyers
The Ventura family law attorneys at The Law Offices of Bamieh and De Smeth are available for free consultations. If you are considering hiring a divorce attorney for your divorce in Santa Barbara or Ventura, call our law offices today. Our number is (805) 585-5056.