In many cases, when Pennsylvania residents search for an attorney, it is due to some sort of crisis. They are often experiencing one of the lowest times in their lives, and need help to get through it. This is often the case in family law matters, and choosing the right representation makes a difference.
One mistake that many Pennsylvania residents make when choosing an attorney is basing the decision purely on financial reasons. Yes, cost is an issue, but if an individual and the attorney are unable to see eye-to-eye, the relationship will not work and the outcome will more than likely not meet the person's expectations. It may become necessary to go back and fix certain issues, which would end up costing more in the end.
Instead, it may be beneficial to take the time to look around at many different options. The choice of attorney often depends on an individual's goals. For instance, if it appears that a contentious divorce is ahead, it would not make much sense to choose an attorney who mainly deals in mediation or collaborative law. For the same reason, choosing an attorney who practices in many areas may indicate that he or she is not as familiar with one area of law as an attorney who only practices in the area needed.
Family law issues are often some of the most sensitive and require an individual to feel comfortable sharing intimate information with an attorney. It may end up costing more, but knowing that the person chosen understands the struggles and goals of the client is vital. Taking the time to find the right fit allows an individual to feel more at ease and confident that his or her best interests are well represented.
Source: huffingtonpost.com, "Picking The Best Divorce Lawyer For You", Tiffany Beverlin, Jan. 15, 2018