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Best things to ask a California family law attorney before retaining their services

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Understand what type of representation you are getting.

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Which side do you usually represent? Report Abuse
There’s a reason some firms only represent Dad’s.
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Are you certified? Report Abuse
These attorneys have passed an additional test very specific to family law issues; required to keep current on new laws; have completed trials.
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What are your qualifications to handle collaborative divorce or mediation between the parties? Report Abuse
As this attorney does not represent either side, know what classes, seminars, experience the attorney has in achieving resolution before you spend your money.
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Is there a minimum billing increment? Report Abuse
A point 1 (.1) equals 6 minutes.
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Do you charge for phone calls/ emails/faxes? Report Abuse
These costs add up quickly.
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How many trials have you completed? Report Abuse
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What were these trials about? Report Abuse
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Are there any steps I should take now to assist in my case? Report Abuse
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What is guideline support for my case and can you reduce/increase it? Report Abuse
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Do you meet with me prior to my attending family court services mediation? Report Abuse
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How long have you handled family law cases? Report Abuse
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What portion of your practice is devoted to family law cases? Report Abuse
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What is billing based on? How often bill sent? Report Abuse
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Will I need to hire an expert for any portion of my case? Report Abuse
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How often do you practice in this courthouse? Report Abuse
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Who will be handling my case? Report Abuse
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What are advanced costs? Report Abuse
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Have you ever been disciplined? Report Abuse
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What is your strategy for this case? Report Abuse
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Do you belong to any professional organizations? Report Abuse
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