When you are getting a divorce, it is in your best interests to have legal representation. The process can be difficult, and you need to have someone on your side who knows the law.
However, hiring an attorney can be expensive. You may worry about not being able to afford to hire someone. But there are some things you can do to keep your costs reasonable.
Stay on top of requests
If your attorney asks you to do something, do it right away. Every time your attorney has to send another email or leave another voicemail to remind you about a request, it will cost you money. In addition, procrastination slows down the whole process. You should have all the documents you need ready to go before you file ideally to keep things moving along.
You should think of your attorney as your partner. Working together will allow things to move more smoothly, prevent issues and help keep you abreast of what is happening. If you are not listening or you resist suggestions from your attorney, it can make the process much more difficult than it has to be, and it will lengthen the time it takes to reach a conclusion.
You should not treat your attorney as a confidant or consistently contact him or her. You pay for the time you take, so only contact your attorney when necessary. Try to do as much as possible on your own as far as handling gathering information, and make lists so that when you meet with your attorney, you can bring up all the questions that have arisen since your last visit. You need to not call your attorney every hour to ask questions.
Carefully handling the relationship with your attorney can save you a lot of money. Be mindful that you are paying for his or her services and only use them when you need to.