wheaton divorce lawyerWhile nobody hopes to get divorced, sometimes a divorce is the inevitable outcome of a relationship that seems unfixable. Unfortunately, not every attorney has the skill, knowledge, or characteristics to give their clients the best experience possible. While divorce can take time and some minor delays, communication mishaps, or billing disputes may be inevitable, if you are seeing behavior from your attorney that makes you question whether they are legitimately capable of representing you, you may want to consider seeking someone new. Here are five signs that it may be time to find a new Illinois divorce lawyer

They Seem to Lack Experience or Knowledge of the Law

Sometimes attorneys fresh out of law school can provide clients with outstanding representation; other times, it takes them a few years to cut their teeth. If your attorney cannot answer basic questions, makes mistakes in front of a judge about the application of the law, or generally seems confused about which steps to take next, he or she may not have the experience necessary to provide great services. 

They Take Days or Weeks to Get Back to You

While every client wants their case to be resolved right away, the reality is that the legal process often operates very slowly. Delays can be a normal part of divorce. However, if you are asking your lawyer questions or requesting updates and you do not hear from them, this is not a good sign. Generally speaking, you should be able to reach your attorney and get an answer without hassling them. 

They Do Not Seem to Care About the Outcome

Although divorce is not a contest, your lawyer should want you to “win” – that is, he or she should be fighting for an optimal outcome in your case. The stakes are high for you, and you need someone who is committed to helping you succeed. If your lawyer seems not to care whether your case is resolved, is rude or dismissive, or treats you with contempt, you should feel free to seek help elsewhere. 

They Are Dishonest

While you want your divorce to go well, your attorney should never be dishonest – either with or without your knowledge or permission. Lying in court can seriously backfire on your case and if your attorney is willing to lie to a judge, he or she will be willing to lie to you. 

Deadlines Are Not Being Met

If your attorney fails to do things when they need to be done, this can result not only in frustration on your part but also in serious negative consequences for your case – including having the case dismissed or the other party winning a default judgment. A competent attorney should not take on more cases than they can handle. 

Meet with a Responsive DuPage County Divorce Attorney

At The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. we recognize that not every attorney has what it takes to make divorce straightforward and sensible and that is why we strive to make the attorney transition process seamless. You can schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced and communicative Wheaton, IL divorce attorneys to learn about the strategy we would build for your case and what the process of switching attorneys entails. Call us now at 630-462-9500. 




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