How To Find An AttorneyIf you can afford it, you must pay for your own attorney. These are some questions you should ask a lawyer before you decide whether or not to hire him or her:
- How much do you charge by the hour?
- For a first meeting?
- What is your minimum fee for my kind of case?
- What is covered by your fee?
- How many court appearances are included?
- What is your rate for appearance in court?
- Do you have a written agreement that I can sign and a copy of it for me to keep?
- Are you willing to seek and enforce protective orders?
- Will you seek changes in final orders and judgments if new circumstances justify the changes?
- What are your fees for enforcement?
- Do you charge for telephone calls?
From the very beginning you should feel comfortable when you talk to your lawyer and be sure that she or he understands your situation and knows how to help. If you do not have confidence in the first lawyer you speak with, you have every right to go to another one. Your local domestic violence program may be able to refer you to a lawyer.
- Are you willing to work with a domestic violence advocate?
- What should I do to help you with my case?
- What do you expect of me?
- What papers, documents and witnesses should I get for you?
- What do you think are my chances for success in court?
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