Reviews, reviews, reviews. A good law firm will have plenty of them.
In Pennsylvania, there are plenty of simple,
no-fault, uncontested divorce lawyers. A reputable lawyer has nothing to hide. In fact, the right divorce
lawyer wants you to know all about the way they do business and how satisfied
their clients have been. Hiring the right law firm makes for an easy,
affordable, and fast uncontested divorce so you can get your new life
started with the least amount of stress possible. Hiring the wrong lawyer
often means feeling like your case has been lost in a stack of paperwork.
Worse yet, you may feel that you've been deceived into wasting your
time and money. Divorce lawyers will all tell you how great they are and
why you should hire them. The real question is, what do their clients
have to say about how their divorces were handled? Do they have
client testimonials available on their website? More importantly, does the lawyer have client reviews on a third-party
website such as Avvo.com or a similar website that is NOT controlled by
the law firm? In order to post
reviews on Avvo, the client has to want to review the lawyer, meaning their experience
was important enough to remark about it. Odds are that if there are mostly
great reviews, you're more likely to have a better experience. If
the reviews are bad, you should call and ask the lawyer what happened.
If you're not satisfied, keep looking.
Interview your lawyer. After all, you're hiring him/her!
Remember, you are the one with the money. If you've already read reviews
and feel comfortable in hiring your Pennsylvania uncontested divorce lawyer,
that's great. But if you're not sure about hiring a particular lawyer,
call and talk to her/him. If your divorce attorney is too busy to give you a free initial consultation
for a few minutes before he has your money, odds are he or she will be
too busy after he has it. Ask the lawyer if she's available via email
or telephone if you have questions during your case. Will your lawyer
send you proactive updates about your case, and if not, how will you know
what's going on? Can you file your case with your attorney today?
Make sure that your simple divorce case is important to your attorney, too.
Obtaining an affordable uncontested divorce doesn't mean that you should
have to feel like a small fish in a big pond. Many Pennsylvania uncontested
divorce law firms will try to hook you in with a low price, but then sell
you a faster divorce "package". A good lawyer will have modern
systems in place to make sure that your uncontested divorce case is handled
accurately, quickly and efficiently. You should be getting proactive email
updates along the way, and if you have any questions, they should be answered.
Ask your lawyer how long it will take to fix any small mistakes you may
make, such as spelling or dates. They should be able to fix any mistakes
and have new paperwork to you within a day at no additional charge. An
efficient system that uses modern technology will save your lawyer time and money, and that means you shouldn't
have to pay more just to keep your case moving along. Frankly, there's
too much competition out there for you to settle for a slow uncontested
Know what you're getting for your money.
There is no reason to pay several hundred dollars for a simple, no-fault,
uncontested Pennsylvania divorce. An efficient law firm which uses technology
appropriately will know how to make money and still provide excellent
divorce services at an affordable price. That said, make sure that you
understand that you are paying for limited divorce services. Most attorneys
will prepare a
marital settlement agreement, but if you need a lawyer to "fight it out" with your spouse,
or to negotiate for you, be prepared to pay more. Remember, time is money.
Technology can only save so much time in preparing the divorce paperwork
and in automating many of the steps involved. You should carefully read
Client Services Agreement so you know what services you are getting and what you are expected to
do. Obviously, if you do not follow your lawyer's instructions, your
costs will go up. A good lawyer will let you know exactly what to expect.
Experience Counts….but What Kind?
It's important that your law firm and the lawyer handling your uncontested
Pennsylvania divorce knows how to do the job right the first time. Make
sure your attorney has a clean record at the
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Disciplinary Board and is accredited with the
Better Business Bureau. Lastly, know why your attorney practices in the area of uncontested Pennsylvania
divorce law. Is it all for the money, or does he/she have
a more compelling personal story. Has he/she gone through an uncontested divorce and can he/she relate
to your concerns on a personal level?
Please feel free to call Attorney Jim Cairns to talk about your case at
888-863-9115, or visit our
Divorce Wizard. The
Divorce Wizard is just like sitting in our office for a free initial consultation, except
at a time and place that is convenient for you. You can get started and
file your divorce with us now online, as well.