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What to Look for in a Divorce Lawyer

As soon as you’ve decided in your mind that you’re going to move forward with a divorce you should begin the search for a divorce lawyer to guide you through your case. This can be an intimidating process if you’ve never retained a lawyer before, but so long as you know what to look for you will get through it just fine.

Here’s a quick look at some of the issues to consider as you search for an attorney for your divorce.

  • Complexity of your case: Consider some of the issues at stake in your divorce. How likely is it to go to court? Are there any unusual issues at stake, or business interests you must untangle? Make sure any lawyer you choose has services and experience that matches up with your needs.
  • Reviews and reputation: Do some research on review sites and get recommendations about attorneys in your area. Find attorneys that have a pattern of strong reviews and a good reputation in their area of law.
  • First impression: Just about all attorneys will offer a free initial consultation. Use this time to gauge whether you think the attorney is a) competent and b) someone with whom you can develop a good working relationship. They should be engaged, professional and interested in helping you achieve a positive outcome.
  • Price: While cost of their services isn’t the foremost issue you should consider, you should at least consider how much you’re able to feasibly afford in your case.
  • Other background: Consider other elements of the attorney’s background or qualifications that might make them a good fit for your case (or not). Pay special attention to case type specializations, certifications, association memberships, awards or recognition and years of experience.

Contact us today at Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A. to schedule a consultation with a team of experienced divorce lawyers.

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  • "Tori had a thorough understanding of my situation and made excellent recommendations to resolve my concerns. She was persistent on communication and handled everything in a very timely manner. I would definitely hire her again in the future if needed." - M.K.

  • "With Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A., it is like having a family physician. They are all knowledgeable, thorough, comforting, and the only call I need to make for all my legal needs for many years to come. No matter what the matter, I totally trust their advice and commitment to me and my family." - J.N.

  • "Mary from APH Law helped me thru a difficult divorce. She and the entire staff was there for me every step of the way helping me on what to do next. They listened to what I wanted and helped me achieve what matter the most to me in the divorce settlement." - Dana C.

  • "I chose APH after my initial consultation with Mary. I felt my best interest would be represented. The entire process went excellent, the attorneys and staff communicated effectively and efficiently with me throughout the process as they needed to. Being new to the legal process and verbiage, they walked me and talked me through the next steps and the jargon, I felt completely comfortable and represented. I hope I never have to use legal services again but if I do I will call Mary at APH Law and know that I will be taken care of." - Jeff M.

  • "Divorce is a time of emotion and stress. Mary Pfeifer , My lawyer was professional and compassionate. She was very informative through the process. Her insight helped me in my decisions. She worked hard to obtain a settlement which was fair to both parties.Though, I hope I won't need her help again. It is reassuring to know a good person that is willing to help." - Rod S.

  • "I first came to Ms. Jacquelyn Lutz of Appelhof, Pfeifer and Hart in October of 2016. It was definitely the worst time in my life and she compassionately spoke with me about my options. Ms. Lutz thoroughly explained the laws, statutes, process and what to expect going forward. What was supposed to be one case, turned into three intricate cases that took a huge toll on me and my family. Ms. Lutz represented me in court on all three cases with a vast knowledge of the laws and how to proceed accordingly. During all three cases she kept me informed, calm, gave me resources to utilize, and (most important) gave me a realistic view of what may come next. Ms. Lutz knew each case required a great deal of knowledge and creative thinking on how to legally proceed forward with each case. My family and friends are forever grateful for the amazing representation by Ms. Lutz. I highly recommend Ms. Lutz for anyone needing or considering superb representation for any kind of family law. " - M.H.


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