3 Common Questions Your Attorney Can't Answer, and Why
While we all wish we could receive straightforward answers to all of our questions, especially those regarding our legal issues, the fact is most simple questions don’t come with simple answers. When dealing with a family law issue, such as child custody, divorce, adoption, alimony disputes, and so on, there are a few staple questions nearly every client asks. However, because each case is different, no outcome can be predicted. To better prepare clients who are looking to work with a domestic relations attorney, we’ve provided answers to our most frequently asked questions.
1. How long will my case take?
The duration of a case depends on a multitude of factors, and varies case by case. Essentially, the time frame depends on the complexity of the case. For example, if you must divide a large amount of assets, if experts or other resources need to be utilized, which judge will hear the case, and so on. When an attorney factors in all of these aspects of your specific case, he may be able to provide a rough estimate of the time frame, but the truth of the matter is you can never be sure.
2. Will I win, or lose?
In family law, there often isn’t a clear “winner” or “loser,” mainly because most of the issues require sacrifices and successes on both ends. While most clients dealing with domestic legal issues may feel heightened emotions, they may wish for some sort of success in their case that feels like a victory. However, this often depends greatly on perception, timing, and current emotions. Because of this, there is no clear way to declare a winner, only to focus on a few clear desires of the client, such as getting the house in the divorce, or retaining full custody of a child, and so forth. Even then, there is no way to determine absolute answers, as the court’s decisions cannot be absolutely known.
3. What is the cost?
The majority of attorneys charge by time spent on each case. This not only protects the work and value of the attorney, but also the expense of the client. If a lawyer works on one divorce for 20 hours, and another for 200, it’s hardly fair that each client pay the same amount. With that in mind, coming up with absolute prices is near impossible. So, your attorney may estimate a cost based on a supposed duration of the case, however, if the other party requires a large amount of communication on your attorney’s part, the expense will similarly rise.
The best thing to do is to discuss your case with your attorney, and make sure you are getting into business with a legal team you trust. If you feel confident in their ability to protect you and ensure your best interest, the rest will fall into place.