11/22/2011 02:06 pm ET

Top 5 Tips On Picking A Divorce Lawyer

1. Talk, talk, talk

Talk with friends, family and other acquaintances who you know have been through a divorce. Ask not only about the outcome, but about the attorney, too – did he/she return phone calls promptly? Explain in understandable terms the divorce process and possibilities of settlement vs. going to trial? Were fees explained and billing questions answered politely? Did their attorney make promises he/she couldn’t keep? Was the attorney satisfactorily able to answer questions about the kids, the pets, and anything else specific or unique to your acquaintance’s situation? Listen and develop your own opinion, and keep in mind that the emotional component of a divorce will impact the way each client thinks of his/her attorney.

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