Predicaments of Finding a Good Family Attorney

By: Tina J. Jones

Finding one good apple in a bushel of mediocre ones is a really difficult task, especially if most of them are already rotting. There is no mystery to that. I believe that that is really the way things work when you choose to get excellent work done over subpar services. Given that you have read the title for this article, you would have known that apples are just my analogy for family attorneys.

You see, you can find any attorney anywhere. There might even be one in your block. But finding a good family attorney—now, that is a hard one. You can have a narrow mind and think every attorney in the planet are scums who only go after your money. Or you can have a much broader mind and believe that somewhere out there waits the perfect family attorney that fits with your family like a proton to an electron. Unless you change your mentality into the latter, it will seriously be hard for you to find a legal representation for your family—which, in this age, is most preferable. We all know though that there are factors that we need to address before we find the appropriate attorney for our family. I have a few here to get you started.


What do you think is the most popular kind of law practice? Most probably, it is the one that pays out more money than the others. Corporate law perhaps? Or maybe divorce law. You can do research if you may, but family law is not among the top law practices that attorneys and attorneys in the making want to practice. Because of its low popularity rate, there might be less family attorneys in your city or town than you hoped, giving you lesser options to choose from. This problem though leads us to another consideration.


Yes, our next consideration here is a family attorney’s credibility. Is he or she known to be honest? Manipulative? Abusive? A good negotiator? It is important for you to do your research before hiring an important employee such as a family lawyer. Background checks are necessary to measure one’s credibility. How many family cases have he or she handled? Who are the other families that he or she represents? Does he or she have an attitude problem? Does he or she go well with the rest of your family members? You need to know as much information (whether positive or negative) to help you make a smart decision.


Experience is very important in every professional. Without it, they might as well be interns in shady law firms in the downtown area. Okay, that might be quite exaggerated. But seriously. Along with your consideration for their attitude and work ethics, you should also check their work experience. Their good attitude is really of little use to you if they can’t defend you in court, right? You have to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of every candidate you have and choose the one that can most benefit your family’s interests.

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