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No one likes to think about hiring a divorce attorney. It’s an icky subject. But, if your marriage is in trouble, finding the right attorney can literally mean the difference between feeling confident about your future and feeling uncertain about the road ahead. You don’t want to be caught scrambling to find a lawyer after being served with divorce papers. The decision is just too important. view publisher site

There are three things you need to consider when interviewing a divorce attorney:

  1. The Lawyer’s Experience in Hennepin County: If you live (or most of the West metro) your case will probably be heard in Hennepin County Family Court. Unlike most other Minnesota counties, Hennepin County has implemented special rules for handling divorce cases and assigned specific judges to hear them. This specialization has allowed the County to offer unique programs and to require specific behavior of the attorneys who practice there. Put simply, there are many things you can’t (or shouldn’t) do in Hennepin County that are frequently done elsewhere. Hiring an attorney who is unfamiliar with the Hennepin County way puts you at an immediate disadvantage.
  2. Does the Attorney Limit His or Her Practice to Family Law: During the last fifteen years, the rules governing divorce and family law have changed a lot, making the area a specialty practice. Carefully consider your needs. Does your case require (or do you want) an attorney who practices only in family law or can you accept a lawyer with more generalized experience.
  3. How Much Money Are You Willing To Spend: Everyone knows that divorces can be expensive. But many people fail to appreciate just how much the cost can be influenced by their attorney’s hourly rate. Hourly rates vary significantly amongst divorce attorneys. Shop around.
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Remember, lawyers charge by the hour – actually, by the minute. The difference in cost between a lawyer who charges $195 per hour and $390 per hour is huge a number over the life of your case. In fact, during the time that it has taken you to read this article, the more expensive lawyer would have probably charged you an additional $39.00. Yikes.

Don’t assume that just because a lawyer charges a higher hourly rate it means that he or she is a “better attorney.” I once attended a training session where a “high price lawyer” advised attorneys to “charge the highest possible rates in town” because people will assume that you’re the best. It’s not always true.

The process of choosing a divorce lawyer doesn’t have to be mysterious. Approach it with the same investigation and analysis you would use in buying a car or any other expensive item. You’re the boss. The lawyer works for you. Don’t be afraid to ask hard questions about their experience in Hennepin County, whether they limit their practice to family law, and how much they charge per hour.

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