Family Law

Getting Started With A Family Lawyer

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Written by Traingin Smith

If you are trying to search for the services of Sydney divorce family lawyers near me, chances are you are already in a pretty dire situation. Whether it is a breakdown of a family or a dispute between relatives, these instances are stressful at the best of times and you don’t want the hassle of finding good representation to take longer than necessary.

A lot of the time people are so tunneled in what is going on that they will go with the first family lawyer that they find which can put them in a worse position. Some people just don’t gel and this can lead to conflict in another avenue. Luckily there are some easy to implement steps to ensure that you find the right representation.


Take a moment to breathe

The first step you should be taking is taking a moment to access the situation at hand. If things are starting to take a turn for the worst you should put yourself in the shoes of the other party. Would they be looking for a family lawyer at this time? If the answer is yes you should also seek representation. You don’t want to be playing catch up as that would be your odds of success at risk.

After you have decided that you need representation you should be talking to family members (those not involved in the situation) and friends. These situations are more common than you think and you may know someone who has gone through the same thing or they know someone else who has. Asked them about their situation and what they did.


Where to start looking

Recommendations from friends and family are a great starting point but you shouldn’t just take their word for it. Doing your own research and finding a family lawyer that is right for your situation will make a world of difference. There are many to choose from if you are looking online so be sure to make a short list of the ones that stand out.

Once you have a couple that you think might fit your situation be sure to give them a call and discuss the details of your case. Good solicitors will offer a free initial consult so they can get to know you as well. They will ask you some questions to understand your situation but it’s also a great opportunity to ask them questions. Some good talking points that you should be asking can include:

  • How long have you been practicing law?
  • What is your experience with cases like mine?
  • When was the last case that was similar to mine and how did it go?
  • Will you be my main point of contact?
  • How many people will be working on my case?
  • What is your pricing structure?
  • Will I be charged for small 5-minute phone calls?


What to expect

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After you have made your decision and you haven’t dealt with a solicitor before you may not be aware of what to expect. For starters you should expect clear communication that is jargon free. That is a big one as many people don’t have a legal background and there’s nothing worse than being hit with technical terms or being kept out of the loop altogether.

Your representation will keep you updated with the latest findings and decisions but also give you recommendations in how things should proceed. These types of matters are best settled behind closed doors which means settlement. If however the situation requires going to court, you should be sure that the solicitor that you have chosen has that relevant experience as well.

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Traingin Smith