The Attorney-Client Relationship Through a Divorce Case
There’s No “I” in Team
Whether your case is contested or uncontested, you will likely seek the counsel of an experienced attorney to help you throughout the duration of your divorce. Your unique attorney-client relationship will be vital to the success of your case and it takes time to develop any strong and reliable relationship. Here are some tips to help you establish effective communication and a trustworthy relationship with your divorce attorney:
Know your attorney. Get to know your attorney through a variety of means. Learn about their unique legal history, areas of expertise and membership to various professional associations or organizations. Find an attorney through a trusted source, like a friend or family referral. Schedule an initial consultation to find out more about their fees, process or availability.
Discuss your options. Depending upon your situation, you may want to pursue an alternative resolution process, like the collaborative process, for your divorce case. Discuss different options with your attorney and see what works best for you and your family.
Don’t be afraid to ask. Your questions are important and deserve informed answers. Don’t be afraid to speak openly and frankly with your attorney about any questions or concerns you may have regarding your case. Find out the best way to get in contact with your attorney and communicate openly about any new developments.
Have trust. Your attorney is the main point of legal support for your case. Unless you have reason to suspect otherwise, they are your trusted source of legal information and counsel. Trust in their direction; they know the intricacies of divorce cases and will always work for the best outcome for you, your family and your interests.
Be your own advocate. While your attorney prioritizes you and always works for your interests, you should also be willing to support yourself throughout your divorce case. Be sure to fight for your self-interest and the interest of your family. This shouldn’t be confused with being selfish. Don’t be afraid to use “I” statements and direct your language in a clear way to promote a transparent view of your position and interests.
Have no fear. Though the divorce process can sometimes be a lengthy and emotional process, you are in good hands with your divorce attorney. Don’t let fear of the process get in the way of good communication with your attorney.
The attorneys at the Kendrick Law Group are dedicated to providing quality legal counsel throughout the duration of your divorce case. Call us today to schedule a consultation.
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