Queens Divorce and Family Law Attorney Bruce Feinstein, Esq. Discusses Four Important Questions to Ask a Potential Divorce Lawyer

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Bruce Feinstein, Esq., a Divorce and Family Law Attorney in Queens, shares key questions to ask a divorce lawyer during the hiring process.

Queens Divorce and Family Law Attorney Bruce Feinstein, Esq.

Queens Divorce and Family Law Attorney Bruce Feinstein, Esq.

A lawyer who knows and respects the spouse’s lawyer means that they will move the case forward with minimal stress and argument. The emotional charge of divorce is already present, so obtaining two lawyers who work well together can prevent hostility.

Many people know that dealing with divorce can involve complicated financial, family and personal decisions. But what about dealing with a divorce lawyer? Finding the best divorce lawyer in New York involves some careful research, and it is not a topic that is discussed regularly. As the second half of the year begins, Bruce Feinstein, Esq., a divorce and family law attorney in Queens, New York, discusses four key questions to ask a potential divorce lawyer.

The first question to address is the kinds of law practiced by a potential lawyer. Some lawyers cover various kinds of law, especially those in rural areas who need to take on different types of cases in order to make a living. Finding a lawyer who works exclusively or mainly in divorce and family law can be a benefit. “This kind of lawyer will have more experience than his or her counterpart who handles other types of cases,” explains Mr. Feinstein. “The attorney-client relationship is also very important in divorce cases, as this is a unique area where both parties often remain in contact for the post-divorce phase.”

Next comes the financial aspect of a divorce lawyer’s work. A key money topic to cover with a potential lawyer is fees. A strong lawyer will be willing to discuss the terms of fees with a potential client, not just his or her hourly rate. Getting into the details of fees will ensure that a client has a good idea of how much the divorce will cost. It is impossible to know exactly how much the divorce process will total, unless the lawyer is charging a flat fee for an uncontested divorce or a contested divorced based on certain conditions. However, knowing fees before jumping into the divorce process will help a client gauge exactly what could make his or her case more expensive, and how to prioritize costs. This also opens the door to discussing key parts of the divorce process, and gaining as much knowledge as possible will make the divorce and custody process much smoother.

Another important request to ask a New York divorce lawyer is a chance to meet his or her staff. A client is often working with the lawyer’s team just as much as the lawyer himself. These people usually are contact with the client about court dates and key information, and they work to gather information in order to prepare the lawyer for the case. A well-organized, responsive staff helps to ensure a smooth line of communication between the lawyer and client. It also helps when a client feels comfortable with the lawyer’s staff, as he or she will be sharing sensitive information with them throughout the case.

The final question Mr. Feinstein recommends is asking whether or not the potential attorney knows the client’s spouse’s lawyer. Getting this person’s opinion can help gauge how the case will go. While hiring a lawyer who dislikes the spouse’s lawyer may seem like the best choice, this is not often the case. “A lawyer who knows and respects the spouse’s lawyer means that they will move the case forward with minimal stress and argument,” explains Mr. Feinstein. “The emotional charge of divorce is already present, so obtaining two lawyers who work well together can prevent further hostility.”

There are many questions that clients should ask a potential divorce and family law attorney. While there is often not a lot of time for people to shop for lawyers and find the best fit, having these important questions ready will help make the selection process, and ultimately the divorce process, much easier.

The Law Offices of Bruce Feinstein has nearly two decades of experience in divorce and family law, helping clients and families resolve their issues and move forward with their lives. If you are thinking of getting married or divorced and want more information visit feinsteindivorcelaw.com or call (718) 475-6039 to reach the New York office.
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