Divorce Attorney on Long Island- How to choose the right lawyer: Part 1
While there may be prior legal precedent, outcomes can never be predicted with any degree of certainty in many
cases. There are usually too many variables involved for an outcome to be accurately predicted.” So, the next question is what am I looking for in an attorney? Are you looking for a Long Island attorney who is: an accountant that has a strong financial background (important in cases with closely held corporations and the like); or, someone with knowledge of mental health and medicine (useful in child custody cases); or, someone who is accessible and available (which may not be the case when an associate of the chosen attorney is given responsibility for your case); or, someone who is a fierce and experienced litigator; or, is someone who is merely promising to keep fees low.
It may be that you have additional or other multiple criteria which I have not mentioned in this blog. However, once you have a self-understanding of what YOU want in a lawyer, then you can begin to carefully parse through all of the local Long Island attorney advertising, marketing and rating services in both print and online. Select the attorneys who are of interest to you and schedule your appointments. Of course, whatever you do, be sure to go in armed with the questions that you want answered concerning the attorney-client process. The attorney-client process (as I refer to it) relates to how interactions occur between you and the lawyer (by phone, email, text, Apple Facetime, or in office appointments) and how you are billed for all services and costs. While the Statement of Client Rights and Responsibilities sets forth many attorney- client process requirements, there are many others that should be discussed with your prospective attorney. You may know nothing of the issues or your rights in the divorce, but you can and should have a frank discussion with the attorney that you are interviewing about the attorney- client process. If you are comfortable with the attorney’s qualifications and the explanation of process, then you are ready to decide. Focusing on the needs of the client, the complexity of the case and the results sought have always been a hallmark of my divorce attorney on Long Island practice over the past 29 years. Feel free to contact me, H. Michael Stern, Esq., if you are interested in discussing your matrimonial, divorce or family law matter at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 516-747- 2290.