Choosing a great divorce attorney is a crucial part of having a successful divorce process. But with so many attorneys here in Illinois alone, how do you know which attorney to choose? Skills, experience, and a proven track record are things most people would want – but whether you want an attorney who is more aggressive or more compassionate will depend on your circumstances and your own personality.
Here is a list of some of the most important qualities everyone should look for in a divorce attorney – and why The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. measures up.
A great attorney will treat you, and themselves, with respect. You will be able to tell that they take their profession seriously because they will be on time, they will treat you with polite professionalism, and will never look like they just rolled out of bed. Your attorney should be able to explain complex legal topics in a way that is easy to understand, and make you feel heard and respected.
There are divorce attorneys who will try to catch clients using any method possible – even if it is not entirely honest. A divorce attorney should never promise results that are not possible, and will give you realistic options rather than options they know will make you feel good. If there is bad news, your attorney should deliver it right away, rather than hiding the information or waiting as long as possible.
The attorney you want will be assertive in two important areas. First, they should be actively advocating for what is in your best interests. A lawyer who is only half-heartedly devoted to advocating for their client cannot expect good results. Next, your attorney should be assertive in the courtroom or in mediation meetings. If your attorney is timid or lacks confidence, your partner’s attorney will likely run roughshod over them in proceedings. Do not hire an attorney who seems to be unsure of what they are saying, or who is thrown off by questions.
Attorneys should always put their clients’ preferences first and foremost. This does not mean that they should promise you impossible results, but rather that your preferences should guide their behavior throughout the divorce process. If you are in an initial consultation with an attorney, and they seem to be unable to listen or disinterested in what you are saying, do not work with them.
Contact a DuPage County Complex Divorce Lawyer
At The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C., we understand how important it is to feel like you have chosen the right attorney. Our team is committed to professionalism, respect, integrity, understanding, and assertively advocating for your rights. Call us at 630-462-9500 today and set up a confidential consultation with one of our experienced Wheaton divorce attorneys.