It isn't always easy to find the right attorney. There is no cookie-cutter solution to divorce. Everybody has different priorities and everybody needs an attorney with whom they are comfortable.
Step One: Narrowing the search down to a lawyer’s skill set.
The first thing you should know is that there are different types of attorneys, and we all focus our practices in different ways.
When you hire a Rochester, NY divorce lawyer, you need somebody who knows how property division and child support works. The attorneys at our firm are experienced in those areas, and we bring the added skill sets of trial-readiness and negotiation expertise from our criminal practice. That is how an integrated practice works.
Gabriella MacDonald, Esq. and all of our attorneys are prepared to handle every aspect of your divorce, whether you have a business to protect, or grandparent rights to consider, or a pension to preserve. We have done it before, and we can guide you through the process.
Step Two: Decide what type of firm you want – big or small.
Some people are convinced that big firms are better (because they have more lawyers) or small firms are better (because they are less expensive). While it is true that big firms have more lawyers and are typically more expensive, and while it is true that small firms are typically less expensive (because we have less overhead), I don't think a law firm's size actually matters.
Inside every law firm, big or small, you will find divorce lawyers with vastly different personalities and skill sets. One lawyer might be reasonable, mild-mannered, and client-focused, while the lawyer in the office next door might be an unreasonable hothead who makes situations worse instead of better. If you are more comfortable with big conference rooms surrounded by leather chairs on the 20th floor of a building downtown, and if you can afford it, then you should choose it. If you prefer to work with a lawyer who spends less on overhead and has a lower hourly rate but is just as experienced as any lawyer at a big firm, then choose a smaller firm.
Do what makes you comfortable.
Step Three: Meet more than one divorce lawyer.
This will not be a free exercise. Almost every talented divorce attorney in Rochester, NY charges an initial consultation fee.
If you meet more than one lawyer, you will get a very good feel for how a lawyer will approach your case. You will also get a feel for whether you like the attorney. You will be working through a very emotional event with your lawyer, so make sure you have a connection with the person you hire.
If you are ready to meet with a divorce lawyer in Rochester, NY, contact us to schedule a consultation. (585) 485-0025