New York City lawyers are a dime a dozen. They’re not created equal, and some are better than others. How can you tell if your divorce lawyer sucks?
Here are the top 10 signs your attorney probably isn’t the best person to handle your divorce or child custody case:
1. YOUR LAWYER DOESN’T HAVE A TEAM.
Solo practitioners can be overwhelmed and stressed for time. Receive the best representation and trust your case with a team of attorneys, much like those at Brian D. Perskin & Associates P.C.
2. YOUR LAWYER IS INEXPERIENCED.
Do you want a fresh faced attorney, or a lawyer who has 26 years of experience under his or her belt fighting for your family? This does matter.
3. YOUR LAWYER ISN’T FAMILIAR WITH MATRIMONIAL OR
Matrimonial and family law cases are sensitive and complex matters. Don’t trust a general practitioner to handle your action with the attention and detail it requires. Hire an expert.
4. YOUR LAWYER DOESN’T COMMUNICATE WITH YOU.
If your attorney fails to return phone calls or leaves emails unanswered, you need to consider retaining new representation. Don’t let your case be put on the backburner.
5. YOUR LAWYER IS ALWAYS LATE TO COURT OR MISSES
Lawyers often have many cases, some of which may share deadlines or court appearance times. But this is no reason for your attorney to consistently miss important deadlines, or show up late for a court appearance on a regular basis.
6. YOUR LAWYER DOESN’T PROVIDE INVOICES.
You should receive a detailed invoice and bill from your attorney once a month. A description of tasks or court appearances, as well as the time it took to complete each item, should be outlined. Never pay your legal fees without actually seeing a bill. You may get taken advantage of.
7. YOUR LAWYER ISN’T MAKING ANY HEADWAY.
The timeline for divorce varies, and contested matters far outlast their uncontested counterparts. With that being said, if it seems like your case is at a standstill, then there is probably very little work being done. You deserve better.
8. YOUR LAWYER DOESN’T CARE.
You want a lawyer who is empathetic to your situation, not one who could care less if your case goes well. Your action must be a priority to the attorney you hire.
9. YOUR LAWYER DOESN’T DO ANY CASEWORK.
Paralegals help attorneys gather and draft documents, but they shouldn’t be the ones completing a bulk of the casework. You hired you lawyer for their expertise and experience, make sure you actually get it.
10. YOUR LAWYER IS NOT ETHICAL.
Attorneys must follow specific ethical guidelines. They are required to loyally represent you to the best of their ability. They are forbidden from discussing confidential information with anyone else, and they must put your needs and desires ahead of their own. If your attorney fails to meet ethical standards, it’s time to give them the boot.
Changing Your Attorney
If you find yourself thinking, “Man, my attorney really does suck!”, then its time you contact Brian D. Perskin & Associates P.C.. Changing your attorney is easy, and we’ll take care of the process for you. Don’t suffer with incompetent or bad representation, call 718-875-7584 to find out how we can help you!