Shop carefully before you hire a lawyer. Lawyers are not cheap. An average rate runs around $350 an hour. A family law case can easily run into tens of thousands of dollars.
You shop for a house, or a car, so shop for a lawyer. You are about to spend a very large amount of money.
Start by requesting that CanLaw find you a lawyer.
We will refer your case to several lawyers in your area who handle your type of case.
Interested lawyers who are qualified for your matter will contact you . Most offer a free half hour consultation.
Check out at least half a dozen and interview three or four before making a choice. Remember, you are about to hire someone who could change your life forever. Take your time.
Contact lawyers by phone or email first. Have a written list of questions and brief outline of your case handy
See if the initial contact looks like this is a lawyer you would like to consider. If not, thank them for their time and move on to the next lawyer on your list.
Now, make appointments and go to see each of the lawyers personally.
Interview them as if you were hiring them to work for your company.
Ask them for relevant references.
Make the calls and check the references out. See if they were happy with the work, the lawyers, the results and the bill.
Ask if they would use that lawyer again. You will save money in the end.
Bring all available documentation and make notes about your problem before meeting with your prospective lawyer for the first time.
It will allow you to present your problem in the clearest and most organized manner possible. You can then evaluate the lawyer's response to your case and questions.
These are loaded questions, but any lawyer can provide answers to every one of them without difficulty. The answers will help you weed out some lawyers. Lawyers will also appreciate this since it saves both you and them from wasted time and effort.
Do not be shy about asking about costs. You will save money in the end.
So in picking a lawyer, eliminate the obvious non starters, sort through the rest using your common sense, gut feel and judgment.
If the lawyer seems after all this to be someone you can trust and work with, sign on the dotted line.