What Do I Ask an Attorney?

When you are interviewing a private attorney be sure to:

  • Ask for background and references (don’t just go by someone’s recommendation).
  • Ask what portion of the practice is family law.
  • Does the attorney have trial experience?
  • How long has the attorney been practicing law?
  • How much is the retainer fee and is any unused portion refundable?
  • What is the attorney’s hourly rate?
  • Will you be receiving copies of all transactions and an itemized bill?
  • If the bill reflects work labeled “research”, ask for an explanation of services.
  • Can the attorney be reached in an emergency or on weekends?
  • What are you entitled to, according to the law?
  • Don’t sign waivers.
  • Don’t use an attorney the defendant has used in the past.  By law this is a conflict of interest for the attorney.