Whatever legal issue you face, finding the right attorney to represent you is critically important — and asking the right questions of your potential lawyer is the only way to ensure that you find the best representation for your case. At the Law Office of David Pedrazas, we encourage our potential clients to take advantage of our free law consultations.
7 Questions to Help You Find the Right Divorce Lawyer in Utah
- What kinds of cases do you usually handle? Have you handled a case similar to mine before?
While many lawyers operate within a range of practice areas, you will want to be certain that your lawyer has ample background in the practice area related to your case. You will also want to find out how your attorney has performed in cases like yours in the past. Your attorney should be able to share with you their track record on cases similar to yours, including the percentage of cases won or settled out of court.
- How long have you been practicing law? Who else is on your team and what are their backgrounds?
Knowing the background of your lawyer will help you understand their level of expertise in the area of law that your case concerns. As your lawyer will almost certainly have a team that includes other lawyers or paralegals, you should also ask about the backgrounds of the other professionals who will be working on your case.
- What will the fees and costs be?
Your lawyer should be able to outline their cost structure for you before you engage them in representation, as there are different types of fee structures that can be used:
- Hourly basis
- Fixed fee
- Contingency fee (in which your lawyer will get paid a percentage of any monetary settlement)
Expenses are also important to discuss, as the lawyer’s costs in preparing your case are typically included in the final bill.
- Is there an alternative way to resolve my legal problem without going to court?
Your attorney should be able to discuss alternate ways to resolve your legal issue out of court. Depending on the nature of your case, mediation or arbitration may be appropriate and allow you to avoid a lengthy trial.
- What strategy will you take in regards to my case?
Many cases have multiple possible approaches to take. Your lawyer should be able to suggest several ways to proceed, with the pros and cons for each.
- What are the possible outcomes that I can expect?
No lawyer can guarantee a particular result. However, an attorney who has background in the area of law that your case deals with should be able to give you a sense of what they expect the outcome to be.
- How will we stay in touch as my case progresses?
Open communication between yourself and your lawyer will be key, both to stay abreast of updates in your case and to remain informed about important dates. Make sure to ask your lawyer how often you should expect to receive updates from him.
We Have Answers For All Your Questions.
The Law Office of David Pedrazas, PLLC, has more than 20 years of experience in numerous areas of law, including family law and divorce. Potential clients are invited to take advantage of our free 30-minute law consultation. Please give us a call at 801-263-7078 to set up your consultation today.