In our series on how to choose a family law attorney, Justin’s Tip.
No. 1 was to call the attorney. Don’t
laugh! Yes, of course you have to call them to even set up an appointment -
I get it. The point of calling is to essentially interview the family
lawyer. As we discussed in our previous post, calling the lawyer helps
you get a feel for the type of lawyer you are dealing with, and whether
or not you have professional chemistry. Do you like him or her? Also,
how important did your call seem to the family lawyer? Use this information
as one piece of the puzzle to help you make a decision.
Justin’s Tip Number 2: Does the “family lawyer” focus
primarily on family law? Many lawyers today are very well trained and
have a lot of experience in various areas of the law. They are adept at
being ”competent” in numerous areas of the law. And that broad
experience can be a good thing – especially in those times when
your family law issue bleeds into other areas of the law.
But the law, no matter what the area, can be very complex and full of nuances.
It is one thing to be able to “get through” a divorce as a
lawyer. It is entirely different matter altogether to be able to provide
insight and a persepctive that only comes with doing one thing and putting
the majority of your energy into doing that ‘thing’ very well.
I compare it to being a runner. It is one thing to be able to physically
run. It takes, legs, balance, muscle, and a little bit of room –
and you can run across the street. It is another thing to be able to run
a mile. It takes, legs, balance, muscle, stamina, and more room –
and you can run down the road out of the neighborhood for a mile.
But it is an altogether different situation to be able to
run a marathon. That takes steady discipline. That takes time. It takes training. It
takes study in some cases, learning the small details of how to make yourself
faster and be able to run the distance. It takes experience. It takes
the desire to get better, and the willingness to put in the long hours
and hard work necessary to become a great runner.
The same is true for lawyers. Make sure the lawyer you choose focuses at
least 70% his practice on family law. Do they have 25 practice areas and
one happens to be family law? Or do they focus or concentrate on family
law? That is, is the majority of their time spent on honing their skills
as a family law practioner? This should be a very important part of your decision.
If you are interested in speaking with a family lawyer who focuses his
practice on family law, call (317) 565-2221. At
Bowen Law, LLC, we put our focus on Indiana family law in order to be the best advocates
we can for you and your family law issue.