In an economy that is being less than kind to the people of Rhode Island and those who must go before the Rhode Island Family Court system for their divorces, price shopping is a must.
Unfortunately price shopping has its drawbacks. If you seem to get a great offer that is very low to handle your divorce, you should question it. First, because the economy has caused many lawyers to become desparate and go outside their realm of expertise. When this happens you often may pay for a lawyer who is licensed to put through your divorce in the family courts but has no idea what to do. This is a bad situation to say the least. Now you have literally paid for the blind to lead the blind.
If an estate's lawyer is having a poor practice and undertakes your divorce to take his or her practice afloat, that is far from a good thing. First, your advocate probably has little experience in the family court which leaves you without the legal advocate you thought you purchased. This explains the low price .... namely the lack of experience. Second, your advocate may hurt your case more than help it if he or she doesn't know what to do.
Another drawback is the desperate practitioner whose practice is sinking. The client may get a great deal but the attorney may not offer to put all the terms in writing. Getting the terms in writing is crucial. Without getting your agreement for representation in writing you are leaving yourself open to being dumped at the first sign that the lawyer believes you are not being profitable if the lawyer is less than ethical or his or her moral standards are below that of a good and honorable lawyer.
If you want to find a good deal, you need to look into the attorney and find out if (1) he or she is a practitioner in Rhode Island and how long he or she has been practicing. You can find this out by a quick call to the RI Supreme Court to Verify the Attorney's bar status, complaints and date of his or her admission to the bar.
Secondarily it's a good idea to see if the attorney has a website and what is listed as the attorney's primary area(s) of practice.
Lastly, give the family court in which you expect to hire the attorney and ask to speak with three of the different clerks of the long term judges. Ask the clerks if they have heard of the attorney and if they regularly practice in the RI Family Court to their knowledge. Generally the clerks have been around and they will know the attorneys who regularly practice before their divorce judges.
If all of these things plus the content from the divorce attorney's website and any critiques you find on the internet lead you to believe that the attorney's quote should be considered, then you have a lawyer to serriously considered. If the attorney also has references or testimonials on their website this is a significant plus in favor of considering the attorney.
Consider this article fair warning! The lowest quote from a licensed lawyer is not alwayrs the best quote.
All My Best to You on Your Journey Through The RI Family Court,
Attorney Christopher A. Pearsall - "The Rhode Island Divorce Coach"™
I'm an Affordable Kent County Family Law Lawyer and I am here to help you if you need me.
Call me for your reduced-cost advice session at (401) 632-6976.