Being in a family sometimes requires a lawyer to handle all the legal issues that might arise. Family lawyers can lend a helping hand in estates, wills, property division, divorce and marriage agreements. It is imperative you hire a family lawyer if you have children, a spouse or old parents who may require extra care. However, many people in Canada often end up in family problems without a lawyer because they think it is a complex process to get one, which is not true. Here are tips on how to choose a lawyer in Canada.
Have a list of needs
Make a list of legal requirements that you may need now and in the future. If you are a young couple, your needs may be different from older ones with grown children and vast wealth. You may want to choose someone who has an experience in all fields of family law. If you have an extensive real estate or other intricate financial assets, you may consider a lawyer who is experienced in family law and tax planning. When you know what you need, it becomes easier to get the right lawyer.
Ask for recommendations
Ask your friends, relatives and family members if they have someone to recommend. Make sure the person you ask has a previous experience with a family lawyer in your state. Ask them about their relationship with the lawyer and whether they liked him or not. Go for at least five recommendations. However, do not settle for recommended lawyers without doing extra research on them.
Do extra research
Go online and see what people say about the prospective lawyers in review platforms. Scan their websites and determine the services they offer and at what price. Check whether they have a list of people you can contact for more information. You can also look into the Law Society of Upper Canada’s website. The organization has a reliable referral service that helps thousands of people to get lawyers every year. They provide free consultations done over the phone for up to 30 minutes.
From the research, you should come up with a list of at least three attorneys who you think are most suited for the job. Schedule an interview with each one of them. You can either meet physically or talk over the phone. During the interview, ask them about their level of experience in family law. Get to know more about their previous works and their outcome. This is also the time to know their rates.
Make a decision
From the interviews, you can now settle on one lawyer based on how each one of them answered your questions and handled you. Go with the one you feel most comfortable with. The resources at Matrimonial Home are helpful and can provide you with more information.