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Three Tips for Choosing the Right Chicago Divorce Lawyer for You

By Nottage and Ward on August 19, 2015

Making the decision to divorce is never easy.  When you choose the right divorce lawyer for you and your needs, you gain an ally who’ll stand beside you and help navigate the divorce process and protect your legal rights.

If you’re like many Chicago residents, your choice of a divorce lawyer is your first time trying to hire an attorney.  Here are three tips to make the process easier:

1. Understand what you want, and what you can achieve.

In a divorce, the couple sorts out financial and custody issues when they legally separate.  Your attorney’s job is to make that process go as smoothly as possible while protecting your legal rights.   Before you seek a lawyer, sit down and make two lists: your best-case scenario for the outcome of the divorce, and the minimum that you will accept.  These can help you focus on choosing the right lawyer.

2. Meet in person before making your choice.

Family, friends, and co-workers might recommend lawyers to you, but the final choice should be yours.  Make an appointment to consult with an attorney in person.  Ask about your most pressing concerns, and don’t hesitate to discuss fees and costs to ensure they are within your budget.  Also, trust your instincts. Did you “click” with this lawyer?  Is this someone you feel you can be honest with?

3. Take online reviews with a grain of salt.

Whether the review is glowingly positive or amazingly negative, online reviewers can say anything – usually do.  Your in-person opinion of an attorney will affect your divorce, so don’t take an online review as the last word on any lawyer.

At Nottage & Ward, LLP our experienced Chicago divorce and family law attorneys can help you protect your rights and secure a promising future for yourself and your children.  Contact us today at (312) 332-2915 to learn more.

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