Tuesday Tips: Don’t Try to Do-It-Yourself Without Your Own Attorney!

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In these days with a contagious “do-it-yourself” attitude about so many things, many people have taken that approach to getting divorced.  That may be a mistake, unless it is a very short marriage, with little or no assets, and no kids. Part of the motivation is to save money.  That’s understandable, but keep in mind that you don’t have to …

Do I Need to Hire an Attorney for my Divorce?

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Divorce is rarely easy or pleasant.  In most cases, trying to get divorced without an attorney is harder or has a worse outcome.  Lawyers can be expensive, but not having one when you need one is potentially FAR more expensive. Here’s a brief answer to the headline question. When You Need a Divorce Lawyer: When you have kids.  Some of …

The Top 10 Reasons Why People Don’t Hire an Attorney

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Many people facing difficult decisions have a hard time making the decision that they often know, down deep inside, that they need to make. Some people, at the beginning of a divorce or other family law issue, face that dilemma. Intellectually, they know what they need to do — get started. They also know the first step is to hire …

What Personality Style of Attorney Do You Want?

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It is a fact that every attorney is different from all other attorneys. This is obvious for people who have frequent contact with attorneys. There are differences in knowledge, experience, temperament, interest, connections, confidence, age, reputation, and on and on. On top of the unique characteristics of each attorney, there is the consideration of chemistry. When people look for an …

Do You Want a Divorced Lawyer or a Divorce Lawyer?

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Ben Stevens of South Carolina has just written a thought-provoking post in his South Carolina Family Law blog about the advantages of having a divorce lawyer who has been divorced. I guess it just depends on one’s perspective. Even though I have never been divorced, I can see some merit in some of his points. He does see things a …

Should You Hire a Collaborative Lawyer for a Case in Litigation?

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An issue that comes up all the time is whether a Collaborative lawyer can or will handle non-Collaborative cases. For me, the answer is yes. Some people just assume that a Collaborative lawyer will no longer participate in litigation. That is true for some attorneys, but (at this point in time) all Tarrant County divorce lawyers who are trained in …

“I Want the Meanest Lawyer I Can Get”

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Sometimes I’m asked if I can be mean in a divorce case. Some prospective clients will call or come in and say that they want or need a really mean lawyer because the spouse is really mean or has cheated on them (and deserves punishment) or the spouse has hired a really mean lawyer. I was recently in a divorce …

How to Interview Your Lawyer

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When people realize they need to hire an attorney for a divorce or some other legal matter, they begin to search around to find one. They may know one or get recommendations or research on the Internet. There are lots of sources of information about attorneys. At some point, the prospective client will set up a time for a first …

5 Factors to Consider When Hiring a Lawyer

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When you are about to start any kind of litigation (or Collaboration) in a family law matter –divorce, modification, child support collection, visitation, paternity, grandparent access, etc.– you need to have an attorney to help you achieve the best possible outcome. There are some things that people can do without attorneys, including divorce, but there is a risk that important …

Myths about Collaborative Law

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Although Collaborative Law can be considered a breath of fresh air in the legal system, it is still a relatively new process for resolving disputes in Texas. It’s not widely known, but more and more people are learning about it and requesting that it be used. As the public learns about the process, lawyers are also learning about it and …