One of the most important choices that you will make if you are going through
a divorce in Seattle is your divorce attorney. There are many attorneys
to choose from and it can be difficult to know which one is going to represent
your interests, protect your rights and achieve the goals you have in
mind. You will, therefore, need to carefully consider all aspects of the
attorney-client relationship as well as each attorney’s skills and
Before you make any decisions, you should ask people you know if they can
recommend a good Seattle divorce attorney to you. The American Academy
of Matrimonial Lawyers suggests contacting professionals who regularly
interact with attorneys such as psychotherapists, accountants, members
of the clergy and even other attorneys. These people will be able to
recommend divorce attorneys in Seattle that have a good reputation in the legal community and a record of obtaining
successful outcomes for their clients.
If you don’t know professionals who work with family lawyers, you
can rely on friends and family members who may have gone through a divorce
or child custody dispute. The Washington State Bar Association as well
as the American Bar Association may also be of help but they do not guarantee
that the attorney will be the right one to represent you.
Receiving names of divorce attorneys can send you in the right direction,
but you should plan to do some research on these attorneys before you
contact them. One way to get an impression of what they do and their background
is to visit their website. Attorney sites often feature pages about the
attorney which lists their education, special honors or awards they have
received, organizations they are members of, articles they have written
and their overall background experiences. This can help you narrow down
your list if you are looking for an attorney who is experienced in handling
businesses and divorce, child custody involving special needs children,
or situations surrounding domestic violence, for instance.
If you are further interested in the attorney, you can do additional research
by looking them up on rating sites such as Martindale Hubbell, Super Lawyers,
or Avvo. These ratings are based on peer feedback as well as other qualifying
criteria that attorneys must meet.
Your divorce lawyer will be your strongest advocate and therefore, he or
she should be someone you feel you can work with. Meeting with a divorce
attorney for a consultation is a great opportunity for you to interview
attorneys and gain a deeper insight into their personality, behavior and
overall attitude. Additionally, it will help you gain insight on the specifics
of your case to discuss your situation with a lawyer.
Prior to the appointment, you should write down questions you want to ask
the attorney as well as any specific characteristics you are looking for.
For instance, maybe your ex-spouse is a bit domineering so you want an
attorney who will be compassionate to you but aggressive when dealing
with the spouse. Perhaps you want an attorney who is going to take the
time to explain things to you without making you feel ignorant. These
are important traits that will make a big difference in your overall experience.
If you are in search of a Seattle divorce attorney, please feel free to
attorney profiles or contact us to schedule a consultation. We have also prepared a list of
10 questions you must ask when choosing a family law attorney.