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How to Find an Encino Divorce Attorney

Divorce can be an emotional and difficult process. The Encino divorce lawyer that you hire to tackle your case will make all the difference. Working with a difficult, inexperienced, or unsympathetic attorney can make an already difficult process even tougher. On the other hand, hiring a reliable, caring, compassionate and knowledgeable attorney can facilitate an easier process than you may have anticipated. People are often overwhelmed when searching for a lawyer. There are many options in Southern California, and you may be tempted to pick the first name you see in your phone book because it will save you time. Oftentimes, people look for all the wrong things in an attorney and regret their decision later.

Do I really need a San Fernando divorce lawyer?

You may be skeptical about hiring a divorce attorney. There are do-it-yourself divorce programs online and plenty of books on the topic. If you are considering representing yourself at your divorce trial, you need to strongly reconsider this option. Often, DIY divorces result in disaster. The court may take a long time with your case because there is no lawyer to help push the process along. If you make a mistake you may need to move backwards and retrace your steps before you are able to continue with the divorce. If you and your ex-spouse argue over child custody, property division, or alimony, the process will be difficult without an attorney to mediate. The average American does not have an intricate knowledge of local family courts. You should hire an attorney who has devoted his or her time to learning these local laws.

An attorney can also help you by doing the following:

  • Working with you and your ex-spouse to negotiate key issues
  • Helping you with complicated paperwork
  • Presenting your side of the divorce case in court
  • Advocating for you in child custody issues
  • Presenting the circumstances of the divorce for the judges
  • Assisting you in getting a restraining order, if necessary
  • Hiring other professionals like social workers for your case
  • Presenting any domestic abuse issues before the court
  • Helping you to expose a spouse's dishonesty
  • Negotiating financial issues for you

What You Should Look for in a Divorce Attorney

You may recognize the necessity of a divorce lawyer, but how do you know what to look for when you are searching for a lawyer? When researching attorneys, it is always helpful to use personal referrals. If your friends or family members used a lawyer that they trust and appreciate, then contact that individual to see what he or she can do for you. On our website, you can read client testimonials from individuals who were overwhelmingly grateful for their experience with this firm. You also need to search for a lawyer who has experience. An attorney or legal aid who is trying their first case should not meddle in something as life-altering as your divorce. Instead, you want a lawyer who knows all the inner workings of this process.

At Cutter & Lax, we have more than 30 years of legal experience to use in your case. As well, it is important to seek an attorney who cares about you as an individual. Our attorneys are strongly opposed to "legal mills." These are firms where each client is given a case number and each divorce is processed through the exact same routine. In these firms there is no personalization. The attorneys don't have time to deal with your unique set of circumstances. We take a different approach. We want to help you through your divorce using a customized procedure. We recognize that you need a caring and compassionate lawyer that can be more than just a legal aid. You need an attorney who act as a trusted friend in a difficult time.

Hire a lawyer that is accessible. If you cannot communicate with your lawyer, or if he or she never responds to your e-mails, phone calls, or meeting requests, then this will create a difficult relationship. We pride ourselves on being personally accessible and responding to all calls and e-mails promptly. Our client testimonials can evidence this. Also, look for a lawyer with an agreeable personality. Harsh or unfriendly attorneys will make for a bad divorce experience. Make sure to hire someone likable, caring, and enjoyable to work with.

Ask These Types of Questions at Your Initial Consultation

When you arrive at your first consultation with an attorney, ask these questions. They will help you to get an idea of whether or not the lawyer is right for you:

  • How many clients does your firm take on at a time?
  • How experienced are you in family law?
  • Can you estimate the cost of my divorce?
  • How long do you think that my divorce will take?
  • How long will it take you to respond to my calls or e-mails?
  • How often will we be able to meet?
  • What is your preference for communication?
  • How will I be charged for these services?
  • What kind of resources can you supply me with regarding divorce?
  • How do you predict a judge will rule in my case?
  • What fees and costs can I expect other than charges for hours of service?
  • Can you handle all aspects of a divorce or family law situation?

The Cutter & Lax Difference

We recognize that there are many attorneys in Southern California that you could choose to take on your case. What sets Cutter & Lax apart from the rest? In addition to the characteristics of the firm that were mentioned above, ourlawyers at Cutter & Lax will go out of their way to provide you with a comfortable divorce experience. In the past we have visited client's homes and taken the time to set up additional meetings to go over complications in a divorce procedure. We are capable of handling a wide variety of family matters and can help you with your case. You can reach the firm by e-mail or by calling (818) 839-2533 today. Also, feel free to fill out our case evaluation form. You can expect a quick response from one of our lawyers. Hire the firm today to get started on your divorce case with a client-centric and service-oriented San Fernando divorce attorney!

Searching for a lawyer for a divorce in San Fernando Valley? Contact our firm today!

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