The divorce process is one of the most emotionally and financially turbulent experiences a person can go through in life. You’ll likely experience very high levels of stress during the divorce process which is why it is imperative that you hire a knowledgeable and effective attorney, such as one of Ramos Law Group, PLLC’s divorce attorneys in Houston, Texas, who can lessen the emotional and financial impact of a divorce. The following are some things to consider when you are considering hiring a divorce attorney:
Knowledge and Experience
Family law in Texas is a complicated area of law; it’s important to be represented by an attorney that has a deep understanding of the Texas Family Code as well as enough experience in family law to be able to effectively navigate any situation. From the mundane circumstances to the bizarre, no two divorces are alike and you’ll need an attorney who can handle anything. The Ramos Law Group, PLLC is to be staffed with highly experienced divorce lawyers in Houston. Skill and knowledge come with experience; you wouldn’t expect a heart surgeon to do a superb job on your hip replacement so look for an attorney that practices primarily in family law.
Counties of Practice
While divorces are governed by the Texas Family Code, a couple getting divorced in Harris County may have an entirely different experience than a couple getting divorced in Brazoria County. Different counties have different local rules, procedures and timetables so it’s important to have an attorney that is knowledgeable about the procedures of each individual county. You don’t want your divorce process to be hampered by an attorney that isn’t familiar with the local rules – so best sure to hire a divorce lawyer in Houston. Just because an attorney is the best in Dallas doesn’t mean they’re the best in Houston. A lot of success in family law can be obtained through an attorney’s strong relationships with other attorneys, judges and mediators. You definitely want a local attorney who has fostered such relationships and is comfortable in the county of your divorce.
Divorce isn’t cheap. Your home, your savings and your children are all possibly at stake during a divorce, so while the thought of a retainer in the thousands of dollars may make you shudder, think about losing all of your marital assets and your family relationships because you went with a discount attorney instead of one of the quality Ramos Law Group, PLLC divorce attorneys in Houston, Texas. Family lawyers are able to charge what they do because they know what they are doing and their skills translate into getting you what you want during your divorce. On the other hand, just because an attorney charges you a $20,000 retainer doesn’t mean they are the best attorney for your case or that you should take out a loan just to get “the best” attorney. Do what is financially feasible for you but know that while it may seem like a lot, in the long run spending the money on a competent divorce lawyer in Houston can help to prevent unnecessary headaches or the potential loss of property and/or rights to children.
Education and Training
The Texas Family Code is a constantly evolving creature; the Supreme Court may hand down a ruling on a case that effectively changes the law overnight. It’s important that you have an attorney who stays abreast of legislative changes and case law so that they can best represent you. Divorce attorneys in Houston, Texas are required to take a certain number of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits per year to stay licensed, but the most knowledgeable attorneys are those that take as many CLE credits as possible so that they may be better prepared than the competition. Ask your potential attorney what they do to make sure they’re in the loop regarding legislative updates or advances in the practice of family law.
Testimonials and Online Reviews
You read the online reviews before going to a new restaurant or hair salon, right? Shouldn’t you do the same for a person who is going to be protecting the your most precious assets? Take a few minutes to search the internet for reviews of a divorce lawyer in Houston you’re thinking about hiring; obviously not everyone will have the same experience with an attorney but if there are many reviews that are all consistently good or bad you should be able to get a general sense of whether an attorney is competent and does good work for clients.
Your own comfort level
The relationship between an attorney and a client is just like any other relationship; it needs a solid foundation to work and sometimes personalities don’t click. If you just want an amicable resolution to your case, hiring the most notoriously litigious attorney in Texas probably won’t be a good fit for you. Take the time to meet the attorney and get a feel for their personality and style. Any of Ramos Law Group, PLLC’s divorce attorneys in Houston, Texas would be happy to sit with you to discuss your situation. You’ll be investing a great deal of money and entrusting your finances and children with this person for possibly a great deal of time; it’s important that you’re a good fit. Don’t feel bad if you don’t feel comfortable with the big name law firm representing you; your personality and needs may be better suited by the small firm that focuses on the individual and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Ramos Law Group, PLLC guarantees a divorce lawyer in Houston that you can trust, so get in touch today.