According to 50% of the U.S. married population, divorce is one thing they can do without. Divorce causes stress, anxiety, and can definitely deplete the bank account. As much as we would like to avoid going through a divorce, there comes a time when you just have to get out of a marriage to save your sanity. If your relationship is beyond saving, then it’s time for you to start looking for a cheap divorce lawyer. Cheap divorce lawyers may not be the best lawyers in town but they get the job done. Actually, there are several cheap divorce lawyers that are very good at their job and very loyal to their clients.
Finding a cheap divorce lawyer can be challenging, especially if you live in a busy city where the cost of living is extreme. Fortunately, the internet can help. Online advertising is very affordable, so more lawyers can now advertise their services in this manner. Just do an online search for cheap divorce lawyers in your area and you will get plenty of ads in a matter of seconds. Check out as many of these ads as possible, narrow your list to at least five cheap divorce lawyers within a certain radius from your home, and give them a call. Forget about getting a lawyer, who quotes prices that are beyond your budget. You want to save as much money as possible. It would be another good idea to stay close to home.
After narrowing your list of prospective lawyers, you need to do some research on the lawyers’ practices. You should not rely on what these lawyers say about themselves in their advertisements. Remember, these lawyers are trying to sell their services, so they will only say positive things about their practice. Find out if these lawyers are really as good as they claim to be. Complete independent research, and learn about their reputation through the local bar association. If a certain lawyer is not a member of good standing in the local bar association, there must be something wrong.
“Fraud is already a crime punishable by law “- San Diego tax relief attorney
A couple of years ago, there was a case of insurance fraud that was rampant in our city and insurance lawyers like me were asked to keep an eye out for these people. It just so happens that I landed one. A supermarket was being sued by someone who slipped in one of their aisles and broke his collar bone. It looked like a legitimate case, and cases like these were not so unusual in our city. Upon closer inspection, I realized that the plaintiff used to be a former client of ours who sued a restaurant because he slipped. This time, he used a different name and he had this insurance company helping him.
When we traced back his file, he had another insurance company working for him. We asked the old insurance company about this client and they told us that he abandoned his policy after getting the payment. At the court hearing, we revealed this data to the judge and he was unable to get the money he wanted. He was then investigated by two or more insurance companies that he milked out of their money. He’s in prison now for insurance fraud.
Insurance claims are very serious, and the attempt to commit fraud is already a crime punishable by law.
As a divorce lawyer for nearly 2 decades, some people often ask me “when is the right time to hire a divorce lawyer?” and I am often stumped by this question. Sure, this question puts me in the best position to market my services but the more emotional part of me prevents me from doing so. I have handled a lot of divorces and every single one of them was just brutal. But I am still going to answer your question. WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME TO HIRE A DIVORCE LAWYER?
The answer is when your soon-to-be partner has already lawyered up before you. Another situation is when there’s too much on the line, like a violation of the pre-nuptial agreements or the partner is already trying to gain custody of your children without proper proceedings. These two situations are the right time to hire a divorce lawyer because you don’t want things to get out of hand. Naturally, you’d want to make sure that your marriage is still salvageable but when these two situations present themselves, it’s a sign that your marriage is spiralling out of control and that the only way to prevent it from getting worse is to hire a divorce lawyer.
If you are in the market for a divorce lawyer, you would be wise to interview five to ten attorneys about your case. These interviews help educate you about different lawyering styles and will help avoid the unpleasant and costly problem of starting over with a new lawyer in the middle of your case.
Some domestic relations lawyers take a very aggressive and hard line approach, while others prefer negotiation, collaborative divorce or alternative dispute resolution. Some lawyers handle a few divorce cases a year and would not be the right choice if your spouse has hired an aggressive divorce litigator. Your goal, as the prospective client, is to find counsel whose approach and fee structure make sense to you.
As you meet with various lawyers about your case, recognize that you are being interviewed as well. You may find a lawyer who meets your criteria, only to discover that he does not want to accept you as a client because he perceives you to be a “problem client.” Here are some of the factors that make lawyers wary about accepting a new divorce client:
- avoid bad-mouthing other lawyers you have met. Every attorney who has been in practice for even a few years recognizes that a certain percentage of clients will turn and attack the lawyer if things do not go well. Not every case goes exactly as planned and sometimes, a judge will make an unfavorable decision. The lawyer sees his job as creating reasonable and logical arguments on your behalf and presenting those arguments to a fact finder (judge or jury) clearly and forcefully. Clients who bad mouth other lawyers generally have unrealistic expectations or demands and good lawyers avoid taking on these clients.
- avoid excessive focus on money. Assuming the lawyers that make your initial cut are reasonable, fair people, they recognize that you want to spend no more than necessary in pursuing your case. An ethical, competent lawyer will not run up time on your case to increase his fee. Along those same lines, good lawyers will not be offended if you ask for more detail about an entry on a bill. Most divorce lawyers end up spending time on your case that does not get billed at all. No one can predict exactly how divorce litigation will proceed or what your spouse’s lawyer will do. You should listen carefully when the lawyer you are interviewing discusses fees and payment requirements. You may find, for example, that during the course of your interviews, several lawyers suggest a similar fee range for your case. You may need to adjust your own expectations. If you come across as a penny pincher who will question every entry on every bill, you may find it difficult to find the right lawyer.
- avoid blaming others for all of your problems. Your life will not be pleasant during your divorce proceedings. You will be under a great deal of stress and irritants that otherwise would not be a problem will bother you. Your lawyer’s job is not to make you happy, but to represent your interests in an organized and determined fashion. Since you will likely take the witness stand, a potential lawyer will look at you as a witness. Do you come across as reasonable, logical and likeable? Or will you turn off a judge or jury by whining, complaining and blaming your ex-spouse for all your problems. Your lawyer wants a good outcome in your case – if you are not a likeable witness, he will be less likely to take on your case.
- recognize that there are no “winners” in a divorce case. If your express to a lawyer your desire to “win” your divorce case by getting your way with every issue, your lawyer will conclude that you live in a fantasyland. Experienced divorce lawyers recognize that a divorce trial necessarily involves two angry and bitter people, operating at an emotional low point of their lives who are asking a stranger to make far reaching decisions about money and parent child relationships based on limited and conflicting information. The best you can hope for is to come out with as little damage as possible. If the end result if even slightly fair and reasonable, you are ahead of the game. Clients who understand this reality are much more desirable than clients to are looking for a big win.
Experienced divorce lawyers appreciate and respect clients who bring to their office a realistic understanding about the divorce process. A good divorce lawyer can bring predictability, understanding and comfort to an unpleasant time in your life. If you need to work through your anger and feelings of betrayal, a good psychologist is the right choice. You can increase your chances at finding a divorce lawyer who will take your case if you present yourself as a reasonable and appreciative person in need of help.