I’ve just heard someone tell a bookseller why they don’t have their own lawyers, how they can’t trust lawyers, how lawyers can swindle them and how they have to rely instead on the speaker company. That talk made me consider why people who are faced with separation and divorce need a good divorce lawyer, not just any lawyer.
- Reason #1-What you must know
You must be aware of your law rights, duties and responsibilities. You can only be advised by a lawyer who is retained to represent your interests. If you do not know your rights, tasks and responsibilities, how can you discuss financial agreements in separation and divorce realistically? Unless we know what your rights are, your fair portion of your assets, your fair share of assistance or your fair share of time with your children cannot be achieved. Unless you know what your responsibilities or duties are, you can pay more than just your part of assets or your equitable share of assistance. The majority of lawyers provide consultation services for advise to people early and frequently with a specific reduced rate. No reason to rely on the advise from the backyard fence, if a trained divorce lawyer for a fair charge gives you solid guidance. In addition, the advise on the backyard fence is frequently erroneous in my experience. Remember, it’s still wrong if what you hear is half true.
- Reason #2: Backyard Advice
My friend is divorced. Why can’t I count on the experience and wisdom of my friend? Well, that’s what you could do but it’s not permitted to practice the law unless your friend is a qualified lawyer. The knowledge of your acquaintance is restricted to his/her specific experience. He has only the facts of his case and the law of this period. his experience with the law is limited. Things change. Things change. The law is modified. Every change in the facts will alter the result or advise.In addition, amendments to the legislation will alter the recommendations. Your acquaintance simply does not have the knowledge and experience to advise them soundly.
- Reason #3 – Issues of Identification
The sooner you obtain an attorney, the sooner you learn to guard yourself, the (and your children and property interests). Sometimes, even if the separation is nice and the parties anticipate a “friendly divorce,” people can’t see how to identify the topics they must talk. A high-profile divorce lawyer can help you to discover concerns with your spouse to reach a global settlement and thorough agreement. Over the years, we have been able to highlight the clients’ previously ignored areas and problems, for example life insurance, health insurance and child education, that should be addressed in our settlement discussions.
- Reason #4-Sharing or Not Sharing
My wife has a lawyer already. Must I get one really, too? Can we not be represented by the same lawyer? The response is no, it’s not. It was legally banned to a lawyer to represent the parties in a divorce, regardless of how ‘pleasant’ it was 30 years ago when I started practicing law. Dual representation may be allowed in some limited circumstances, provided that possible conflicts of interest and disputes are fully disclosed with the informed consent of the two parties. These circumstances are restricted, and if unfortunate conflicts or disputes occur, both parties must seek new counsel and cease their representation. Frankly, we hardly accept dual representation if ever. We are zealous to represent our customers within the limits of the law and the disagreements between opposing parties are too obvious for us to agree. Not only that, but if your spouse has a lawyer, that indicates he or she is already seeking legal guidance and knowing his/her law rights, duties and responsibilities.
Someone once remarked that the power of knowledge. Would you prefer to have the knowledge (and the power) or the knowledge without it? How confident can you be in the circumstances of your spouse or his/her lawyer? Recall, your wife’s lawyer represents your wife already. In our experience, spouses, especially those who tend to control, will not think that the law is being misrepresented in negotiations.
A customer told me recently that her husband who stays at home with his marriage, said she was now his ‘landlord’ thus without his approval and presence she couldn’t reenter his home, as his lawyer indicated. All he told her was wrong, of course. Your husband also informed our client that they needed no lawyers and that without lawyers they could reach an arrangement. He further claimed that if she insisted that her lawyer examine paperwork be signed, he would find something to dispute on each form in order to increase her expenditures. He tried to clearly manipulate, threaten and control his wife, who was sensible to look at an experienced divorce lawyer for her own independent advice.