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Preparing For The Worst With The Best

Preparing For The Worst With The Best

You hope that the worst case scenario should never happen and of course, for most of us it that will not, but every so often the unexpected can and will happen in life and that’s why being prepared for these unexpected situations is necessary for wherever you are.

You might suddenly find yourself facing a long term illness or in the middle of a situation where you require some professional advice, for example a legal dispute with an employee over employment terms or with a neighbour over land ownership. With any of these situations you want advice from the best and you want to make sure your money is going as far as it can for great results.

That’s why you’ll find everything you need in this guide on how to get the very best in legal advice when you need it most and what to look for when hiring a lawyer, whether that’s for something for work or for when you’re in need of a divorce lawyer. We take a look at what makes the best legal representation for your very individual situation and and some of the pitfalls you’ll need to avoid. Whatever your legal needs are you’ll find the lowdown on hiring right here.

Word Of Mouth

Who’s on the grapevine as being the best in the business? Once you start looking for someone to represent you, you soon start hearing from everyone, from the local postman to the receptionist at the gym about someone they’ve used or heard about from a friend. Take a note of these names, if one or two keep cropping up then it may be worth getting in touch for an initial consultation.

Ask your friends, family and fellow professionals for some recommendations too, having a personal introduction can help oil the wheels and make the process of appointing someone a whole lot easier.

Read reviews online and find out their success rate, which should be a matter of public record. You’ll also want to make sure that the lawyer is someone who specialises in your particular issue, rather than a general practitioner.

Interview widely

Take your time in in finding the very best in advice and in finding someone you feel can handle your case and all the complexities that go with it. You may need to talk to one or two or even more lawyers before you decide on appointing someone, and depending on the size of your case they may be able to handle it solo or need some help from someone else in their firm. Make sure you know all the details of how this will work before you sign up.

If you’re worried about wasting your time and money on initial consultations that don’t lead anywhere, most lawyers will give you enough time to explain their case, around 15-30 minutes, before they start charging by the hour, so make sure to go in fully prepared with the facts of your case and any questions you might have.

Search online

As mentioned up post if you’re interested in one particular firm, then you should be able to find out a fair amount about them from the public record. You will be able to see the success rate of the individual lawyer and how well they are rated by individual clients.

If the practice has several lawyers, find out which one seems to have more experience in your particular type of case and ask to meet with them first rather than someone you just find yourself assigned to. You need to know that your case will be taken seriously and if you are going to be able to strike up good communication with whoever is taking it on.

Characteristics

You’re going to need someone experienced and yet hungry to make a win. If you feel that your lawyer is too laid back or gives the impression that they’ve seen it all, failing to reassure you then avoid this lawyer.

Similarly, avoid anyone that promises you a big win. Instead find someone who is measured and calm and who you feel can be honest with you about how the case will run and what the chances are of it going the way you want. Find that right mix of determination and level-headedness and you’ll have someone fighting your corner who stands every chance of winning your case for you. If the worst does happen and you do lose, then with the right lawyer you’ll know they tried their best and that the loss wasn’t through lack of trying.

Budget

The one thing we would say is that lawyers don’t come cheap so whether the matter is personal or professional you’ll want to have a very realistic picture of how much this service is going to cost you overall.

A lawyer usually charges clients by the hour though you may find some will offer a flat fee or even be happy to wait until the end of the case and collect a percentage of any damages and their legal fees if paid by the opposition. Make sure you are very clear with your legal representative on how the fee charging process will work and even let them know your top end of the budget.

You may well have room to compromise with something like an upfront payment to start out with and then the rest coming in the form of a successful pay out. This will depend on how confident your lawyer is of the case going in your favour. You might also want to explore the possibility of legal aid and legal loans to cover the ongoing expenses.

The money can very quickly disappear so keep on top of your billing as you move through the consultation to trial proceedings.


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Handle Family Law Issues With Grace: How You Can Do It

Handle Family Law Issues With Grace: How You Can Do It

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Let’s be honest here, I don’t think anyone intends to enter a marriage for it to break down. Not to mention having a family and dragging children into a volatile situation. But sometimes, these things happen, and it can often hit the whole family hard. Of course, there could be many underlying reasons why a marriage is breaking down. Infidelity, emotional breakdown, or just deciding that you are no longer the perfect fit for one another. In some cases, parents are better separated for their children, than they are together. But, it can be hard to go through a breakup or a divorce gracefully. I thought I would share with you some of the ways you can.

Get the right lawyers that understand your case and your expectations

Sometimes the first step to discuss any family law issues with grace and to remain civil with other parties involved is to hire a lawyer who understands your needs. This is when it may be worth speaking to law firms that work within family law regularly like Hurst, Robin & Kay, LLC. These people are experts in dealing with delicate situations and emotions. They can help you handle the process and work out the next steps. It’s important that you speak to someone who you feel understands where you are coming from.

Make sure you think before you speak or react

When it comes to families, it can be hard to not overreact at times or say the things you are thinking. But in these circumstances often what you want to say might not necessarily be the right thing to express at that moment in time. Try and make sure you think before you speak or react.

Keep your emotions in check

Emotions can run high at times, so you need to ensure that you keep calm in situations, especially when you are discussing things like custody arrangements and divorce proceedings. Discussions can get heated at times, especially talking about money or assets.

Try and walk in the other person’s shoes when making decisions

It may be hard to consider the other party’s feelings throughout all of this, especially if you are hurting yourself. But often taking a moment to reflect on how they feel or where they may be coming from with certain comments or actions, could help you to see more clearly.

Empathise with the situation

Showing empathy throughout all of this makes you appear to be the bigger person throughout all of it. It can be a great way to show other parties involved that you are listening and taking into account the situation in its entirety.

Keep calm and have patience

Finally, having patience and keeping calm are two of the ways you can overcome the difficult process you are about to embark on. It won’t be fixed over night, and sometimes these situations can be dragged on for months. But keeping calm and having the patience to get through it will keep you on the right track.

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