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Pros and Cons of Hiring Low-Cost Divorce Attorneys

A Low-cost Divorce Attorney

When searching for a divorce lawyer in Los Angeles cost consideration is usually the deciding factor in choosing the attorney that will represent you in your divorce case. Unfortunately, and no pun intended,  that is a gamble that could turn out to be a costly mistake. Of course, we are not saying you should completely ignore the low-cost factor. However, we are saying is that you should focus on, or at least balance that financial concern by factoring in the divorce attorney’s competence and relevant experience.

Search engine statistics show that the key terms “Low Cost Divorce Attorney” and “Cheap Divorce Lawyer” as being among the most frequent queries in the search for a dissolution (divorce) attorney. Using the words “low cost divorce” and “cheap” as opposed to “affordable” infers that the potential client assumes the divorce process to be a commodity. However, legal skill and tenacity is not a commodity and hiring a “low cost” and “cheap” divorce attorney does not necessarily mean your divorce case will be low cost.

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Every divorce case possesses unique dynamics especially if you have children, are a business owner, or have other intricate legal financial situations. The disposition of the divorcing couple also plays a huge role in the cost of your divorce case. In full honesty, do you estimate yourself or your spouse to be bitter or combative during such a critical transition as a divorce separation? The more you fight the more you pay.  That factor alone can make the cost of your divorce unpredictable.   That being said, no divorce attorney can promise you a true “flat fee” for a divorce without you being shorted in some way from your best possible settlement. Sure, low-cost flat-fee legal representation sounds enticing but rest assured that “cheap” representation will just that—cheap. We highly doubt you would want to leave one of the most critical decisions of your life to cheap representation.

An Expensive & Aggressive Lawyer Doesn’t Necessarily Mean A Better Lawyer

The opposite extreme to looking for a “cheap lawyer” is thinking that hiring an expensive one is the solution. It’s not. You are going to have to o your homework. One can find an expensive attorney who will woo you in with their shimmery legal display and fancy office but don’t fall for this mistake either. Nor should you make the mistake of hiring an “aggressive attorney.” You want a level headed and composed attorney, not one that always wants to initiate the fight. Fighting prolongs the divorce process and prolonging the divorce will cost you money remember?

Be honest with yourself and consider the emotional stability of yourself and your spouse. Do you have children? Do you have a business? Shared property? These are all factors you want to start considering about your legal situation.

In choosing your ideal attorney the standard should be choosing one who is a certified family law specialist. Many lawyers will offer you counsel as long as you can pay their fees, even if the bulk of their practice is personal injury or another miscellaneous practice of law. This is why it is important to work hire  certified specialist in family law. Looking for a divorce and family law attorney with that legal specialization is the best way to be assured that you will be working with a competent and proficient family law attorney.

The State Bar of California has a Board of Legal Specialization that oversees a certification process. Attorneys can specialize in areas like admiralty and maritime; appellate law; and bankruptcy law.

For a California attorney to become a specialist, they must must:

  • Pass a thorough written examination covering each aspects of family law, such as real estate and finance.
  • Get approval through a peer review process.
  • Demonstrate his/her capabilities in family law by representing a number of clients in cases with varying complexity.
  • Follow up with continuing education.
  • Only a handful of lawyers—including myself—achieve this designation because of its rigorous requirements. I made the decision to specialize because of what the achievement does for my clients.

The people who rely on my legal services know that their lawyer has extensive knowledge in their area of concern. They can trust that I am up-to-date on the latest in case law and statutes and that I have the requisite experience to represent them in both negotiation and litigation.

In a case that can decide your future finances, assets, and relationship with your children, having confidence in your representation is so important. The specialization process ensures that the Los Angeles family law attorney you have hired is capable, competent, and committed.

Also you anticipate having a financially complex divorce or have assets that will need to be divided, acquiring a lawyer with a CPA background is the way to go. I am one of only a handful of highly experienced attorneys in Los Angeles County representing clients, who was expertise as a CPA, (now an inactive CPA), and who is has also achieved the distinguished title of California Board Certified Family Law Specialist (CFLS).

From the  simplest divorce cases to the most complex and dynamic financial family law issues you can be assured you will get the most skilled, diligent, and comprehensive divorce attorney for your money.

Call us today for a consultation.


About the author

Charles M. Green is Certified as a Family Law Specialist through the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California. He has worked extensively in both the financial fields and as a litigation attorney specializing in Family Law Cases. He is also diversely experienced in a number of other practice areas of importance to individuals and families. You can find him on Google+
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