How do You Find the Best Divorce, Paternity or Legal Separation Attorney in San Diego in 2014?
There is no substitute for experience representing clients in a paternity, divorce or legal separation cases in San Diego Superior Court. Having an attorney who regularly appears in the same court house in front of the same Judge as your case is a very crucial factor in deciding who the best attorney will be to represent you. It is also very important to have an attorney who is in San Diego as this will result in less travel time for the attorney to go to court and also make it easier for you to meet with the attorney in their office as needed. It is also very important to make sure the attorney has an active case load so that they are in court as much as possible. Since most attorneys do not have their cases always called first on the calendar, this gives the attorney the opportunity to listen to the Judge with other cases and this helps to give realistic expectations when it comes to your legal separation, paternity or divorce case here in San Diego. In addition, many attorneys while waiting in court discuss cases with other attorneys. Having an attorney who is respected by the opposing counsel and can work with them is best for you. While aggressiveness is important in legal representation, being offensive will only result in increased tension and conflict. It is bad enough you and the other party are not in agreement and divorcing. It exponentially makes this worse by having attorneys who cannot talk to each other and settle as soon as possible in accord with California family law. Clearly, there are differing opinions on this as evidenced by the different ways attorneys practice but best means settlement and not litigation in the vast majority of cases and the attorneys must be able to communicate with each other. While experience is very important, this is not the complete determining factor. Some factors are listed below and there are many others which are not listed.Does The Best Attorney Mean The One With The Lowest Hourly Rate And Minimal Costs?
All are concerned about legal fees and costs which, typically, run into the thousands of dollars. All also want to get the best service and best price and best value. The least expensive, however, does not necessarily mean the best. The most expensive, as well, also does not mean the best. Ask the attorney what their hourly rate is and what costs are charged. For example, does the attorney discount their hourly rates? Does the attorney bill in 6 minute increments as a minimum or a higher minimum? Does the attorney charge for postage, mileage, copying, parking and fax? Does the attorney charge for the attorney service to file your pleadings? The best attorney will give you a competitive hourly rate and bill fairly and also not charge for as many costs as they can to give you the best service and value. Hourly rates can vary by more than one hundred dollars per hour and a recommended strategy for you is to consult with three qualified family law attorneys and then make your decision as to who to retain. This is one of the most important decisions in your life and you want to make the most intelligent and informed decision.Does Being The Best Mean Responsive Communication During Your Case?
Many clients complain that they do not know what is going on with their case, do not get copies of correspondence and documents and do not receive prompt responses from their attorneys. The best attorney will try and respond same day and, if not, next business day. Given the new technologies available, as compared to even 10 years ago, communication by e mail with pdf/scan is very efficient. It is crucial that you understand exactly what is going on in your case at any given time. The best attorney will make sure you are.How Can You Find The Best Attorney For Your Case?
See if you know someone who has gone through a family law case in San Diego who liked their attorney. This can be a very good way to find the best attorney for you. The San Diego County Bar Association can provide a referral for qualified family law attorneys in San Diego. Check reviews of the attorneys on line and see what former clients had to say about the attorneys. This is like a personal referral from a friend only from their former clients. If you know any attorney’s in San Diego even if they do not practice in family law, they can be an excellent way to find the best attorney for you. No matter how you find your attorney, make sure to go to the attorney’s office and meet with them personally. Legal representation is a personal service and not a product and it is very important for you to see if you trust the attorney and their office looks professional and you are treated with courtesy and respect. Make sure, of course, the attorney holds a valid license to practice law in California. Always check the attorney’s website for their qualifications and additional information about the attorney and their firm.Is The Law Office Of Doppelt & Forney, APLC The Best In San Diego?
The Law Office of Doppelt & Forney, APLC has represented clients in all of the court houses in San Diego County including the main family law court downtown, Madge Bradley court house, Chula Vista court house, El Cajon court house and Vista court house. The Law Office of Doppelt & Forney, APLC does not charge for many costs other law firms charge for such as parking, mileage, fax, copying [in office] or postage for current clients. In addition, the Law Firm has an attorney service which files and returns pleadings in San Diego County Superior Court and the Law Firm does not charge current clients for routine filings. As to whether our law firm is the best, we recommend you to research any Law Firm you consider, including our Law Firm, independently. Please feel free to review testimonials written by our clients as to how we represented them and treated them during their family law case on the internet including google. Best is a very subjective term as it encompasses so many variables including the ones above and many others. Our goal is to exceed your goals for legal services and legal fees. We cannot promise any results but we will promise our personal best for your case.