The Top 5 Things to Consider in Choosing a Divorce Attorney in Mississippi

Hiring a divorce attorney is a critical step in your divorce.  The right divorce attorney can mean the difference between a quick, painless divorce and a long, drawn-out, contested one.  Your choice of Mississippi divorce attorney can also heavily influence the outcome of your divorce on the issues that matter most to you, such as alimony, child custody, and asset allocation.  While most people determine early on they need an attorney to help them through the divorce process, many do not know where to turn to find the right attorney, or what to look for in selecting a divorce attorney.  To this end, we have prepared the following list of the top 5 things you should consider in hiring a Mississippi divorce attorney:

  1. Experience is crucial—when you begin researching potential divorce attorneys in your area, look first and foremost at the attorney’s experience in the realm of divorce and knowledge of the local court system.  Experience does not equate to years of practice; rather, experience comes from handling a wide variety of divorce cases in your locale.  Experience will provide your divorce attorney with the necessary know how to competently handle your divorce case, no matter how complicated.  Also examine the attorney’s field of practice.  Does he or she focus primarily on family law, or just practice family law on the side?  While there are always exceptions to the rule, it is generally best to select an attorney who makes family law at least a large part of his or her practice.  This again will speak to the attorney’s thorough knowledge of divorce law and all the issues that accompany it.
  2. Communication skills are a must—when you sit down to interview your potential new attorney, pay close attention to their communication skills.  You should select an attorney that will listen to your concerns and properly address all your questions.  Divorce is a complex matter that involves a lot of emotions.  Your divorce attorney will be your guide throughout the process and must be available and willing to answer the many questions you are expected to have.  Further, an attorney’s communication skills are not only critical when dealing with the client.  Your divorce attorney will be communicating on your behalf to the court, other attorneys, and your divorcing spouse.  Their communication skills or lack thereof can therefore greatly impact your case.
  3.  Select a compassionate attorney—while this might seem minor compared to the two factors listed above, compassion is an important factor to find in a divorce attorney.  You are going through likely one of the most difficult times of your life.  You deserve to have by your side a truly compassionate divorce attorney.
  4. Avoid guaranteed outcomes—avoid attorneys who provide you with a guaranteed outcome.  There is simply no such thing in life or in the courtroom.  Promising such to a client is not professional and indicates a lack of experience in the field.
  5. Hire a divorce attorney that you ultimately feel comfortable with-— while examining an attorney’s website, list of successful cases, education, and brilliant awards may tell you a lot about them, ultimately you should select someone you feel comfortable with.  Your divorce attorney is someone you will likely have to discuss highly personal matters with; someone you may spend a considerable amount of time with; someone who will act as your sounding board, legal interpreter, and mouthpiece.  Comfort is essential and should not be overlooked as a factor in selecting your divorce attorney.

Matthew S. Poole is an experienced divorce lawyer in Mississippi who has handled a wide array of divorce cases.  The Law Office of Matthew S. Poole devotes extensive time and energy to the field of family law and has an in-depth knowledge of the practice.  Matthew is a compassionate divorce attorney who understands the difficult process of divorce and will be there to guide you every step of the way.  Call The Law Office of Matthew S. Poole today at (601) 573-7429 to schedule your consultation.

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