How to Select a Lawyer

In selecting a lawyer, great care and deliberation are essential. Most lawyers are very well-qualified in the areas to which they devote their practice as they have been trained by law schools, their law firms, other individual lawyers with whom they have had associations, and continued legal education.

When trying to find a lawyer, often people looking for a lawyer ask family members, friends, co-workers, and business people or professionals (i.e., doctors, ministers, social workers, teachers, or bankers) for recommendations. Most local bar associations also provide lawyer referral services. You may also want to check your local telephone directory under “Attorney” or “Lawyer” as these ads usually list lawyers by area of concentration.

Before meeting with a lawyer, learn as much as you can about the legal matter you face. Having some basic knowledge of the case you are dealing with will help you decide which attorney will be best for you. During your initial consultation with a lawyer, you should be prepared for your visit. Write down the questions and concerns you want to cover with the attorney — ask questions about how the lawyer would handle your case and find out what you may be required to do. Bring with you any relevant paperwork, write down dates and times of events, the names and addresses of witnesses, and any other important facts so that the lawyer can be fully informed during your consultation and properly advise you.

The primary consideration in selecting a lawyer should be whether you feel comfortable with the lawyer selected and if you are confident that the lawyer is competent in his or her field of expertise. Much depends upon an individual’s judgment, and many times, a lawyer is hired on the basis of referrals from other individuals. You must feel very comfortable with the lawyer and must feel confident that the lawyer selected is one who can capably handle your needs. Some considerations that would be helpful to most individuals in selecting a lawyer include the lawyer’s credentials, experience, fee structures, and whether you and the lawyer have compatible personalities. The attorney’s gender might be important to you, or you may feel more comfortable with a small firm instead of a large one, or vice-versa.

Remember, finding the right lawyer for you and your case is an important personal decision. If you do your homework, you should feel confident about having excellent representation.

Co-Parenting Bruce Willis and Demi Moore

Bruce Willis and Demi Moore divorced in 1998, but have not let their split stop them from co-parenting their three daughters. Co-parenting is something that many divorcing couples struggle with, but if done successfully the results will benefit both the children and the parents. Successful co-parenting helps children maintain a feeling of security and consistency during a difficult family transition. Co-parenting can also help parents teach their children a valuable lesson on diplomacy during difficult situations and to serve as a good role model in those difficult situations. Most importantly, co-parenting allows both parents to keep the pleasure of being a parent and remain proactive in their children’s lives. Co-parenting may not work in every family situation, but several divorced Hollywood couples, such as Ryan Phillipe and Reese Witherspoon and Peter Faccinelli and Jenny Garth, have served as role models for other divorcing couples and have reinvented their relationships to accommodate the changes in their lives for the best interests of their children.