Choosing the Best Lawyer for Your Divorce
Amid the angst and turmoil surrounding separation and divorce, one of the most important decisions that you will make will be your choice of an attorney. It is important to have a lawyer who inspires your trust and confidence, but also a lawyer who has expertise in the area of the law in which you need assistance. Even if you believe your divorce will be fairly amicable, or you do not have a large marital estate, you will benefit from having the best lawyer available to represent you in settlement negotiations, preparation of documents, and legal proceedings.
Aside from child custody, divorce is primarily about financial issues –child support, spousal support, and valuing and distributing marital property. Divorces can easily become more complicated when there is controversy regarding business interests, the classification or value of property, or disputes as to incomes and expenses. Failure to consider financial consequences in negotiating settlements or making arguments at trial (such as tax consequences associated with alimony payments or distribution of an asset that might be subject to capital gains or income taxes) can cost clients thousands of dollars. Having a highly trained and competent attorney who is adept at recognizing and dealing with the fine details of financial settlements can be beneficial in helping you to achieve a more favorable settlement or result. Although an experienced and reputable attorney may charge a higher hourly rate for their services, their knowledge of legal principles and procedures may be of greater value and they may be better able to handle your case in a more efficient and cost-effective manner.
At Gum, Hillier, and McCroskey, P. A., we offer a full range of family related legal services from adoption to divorce, and strive to provide our clients with the finest legal representation available in a professional, yet personal, atmosphere. We offer competitive hourly rates and flexible fee structures for most situations. We invite you to learn more about the family law attorneys in our firm, including their education, credentials, awards, and interests, by viewing their profiles under the “Our Firm” section of our website.
This article is for information purposes only and is not to be considered or substituted as legal advice. The information in this article is based on North Carolina state laws in effect at the time of posting.