What to do when you are considering a Divorce in San Diego
Every divorce is an emotional, serious, and trying situation.
It is not only very important to know what to do, but to also know WHAT TO NOT DO in a stressful time.
Each and every divorce case is different, so asking the right questions to a professional and experienced divorce attorney can relieve some of the uncertainty and frustration you may be dealing with at this time.
Lawyers often charge initial consultation fees- so you will want to gather as much information as possible… although here, at Jabro Law, our initial consultations are free of charge.
Some Divorce Questions To Ask A San Diego Attorney Are (but not limited to):
- What should I do and not do when I’m preparing to get divorced or separated from my spouse?
- For how many years have you been handling divorce and family law cases?
- For how many years have you been practicing in this state/county?
- What percentage of your cases are Family Law and Divorce cases?
- Do you have time for my divorce case, or a heavy caseload at this time?
- Do you have courtroom experience?
- How many of your cases went to trial last year?
- Do you personally have any additional expertise/experience that may be useful in my case? (e.g. financial expertise, extensive child custody and support experience?)
- What additional expertise is available in your law firm if needed? (e.g. accountants.)
- Do you have experts outside of your firm that you regularly work with? (e.g. accountants, psychologists, counselors.)
- How long do you think my divorce will take?
- Besides yourself, what other people in your firm would work on my case? (e.g. paralegals, associate lawyers)
- Will you be the person responsible for negotiating my divorce case?
- Who will I meet and talk with most often during my divorce? You or your assistant(s)?
- If there are associate attorneys or assistants, when will you have a chance to meet them?
- Will I be able to contact you directly? And How: by email/phone/fax?
- Do you have a policy regarding how soon client calls are returned?
- Will I receive copies of all legal documents and correspondence?
- Is a retainer payable and if so, how much?
- What are your fees per hour?
- How are your hourly fees charged? (ie: by the exact number of minutes or in blocks of 5, 10, 15, or 30 minutes?)
- Do you charge additional or higher fees if a case goes to trial? (ie.: for days in court.)
- What are the hourly rates for the other people in your law firm who would work on my case? (ie: paralegals, secretaries, associate lawyer.)
- What other professionals may I need to pay and what are their fees? (ie: accountants, property appraisers, child psychologists, private investigators.)
- What other services will I need from your firm and how much will they cost? (ie: new will, property appraisal, deeds, trusts)
- Are there any other fees/expenses that I need to know about?
- In total, how much do you estimate my divorce will cost?
- Are there any ways in which you believe your firm offers better value to clients than others?
- Will you provide a written agreement regarding fees and expenses?
- When can we get started?