Choosing a good divorce lawyer in 5 simple steps – by Lim Chong Boon, Head of Family Law, PKWA Law


If you know that a separation or divorce is imminent or just becoming apparent, it is worth your time to focus your efforts on finding a good lawyer that has experience. The earliest stages of a separation or divorce are usually nerve wrecking and frustrating, therefore you should conduct thorough and careful research before you choose the best lawyer for your case. Just because you are experiencing a traumatic event and often have the urgent desire to get it over and done with, it does not mean that you should pick your lawyer blindly.


1. Make use of the free 1st consultation

It is common for lawyers to provide free initial consultation. This is also the best way to assess a lawyer’s legal ability is by taking this chance to interview them. Make certain to locate a lawyer who has specialized expertise in the practice area that your case involved. You should meet with a lawyer so that you are familiar and comfortable with one before you are thrown into a high-pressure situation after divorce proceedings have commenced.

Some questions you should ask during the interview

  • What is his track record of success?
  • Have he dealt with similar cases in the past?
  • How long has he been in practice?
  • Whether you are comfortable with his fees?
  • Does your lawyer work as a team?
  • What additional costs may be involved?


2. Hire a specialist divorce lawyer

One of the advantages of using a firm of divorce specialists is that they often obtain successful outcomes because of their specialised expertise in family law. Check if your lawyer only does family law or whether he is a jack of all trades. There is nothing wrong in hiring a lawyer who does everything, but the safer bet is to go for a specialist.


3. Whether your lawyer is responsive

The initial meeting or consultation with the lawyer can also assist you in determining whether he or she is responsive to your needs. You will have to trust your instincts on this. Be sure to ask the lawyer if you would be given periodic updates on the status of your case and also whether it is possible to call or email him or her to discuss any concerns you may have along the way. You should also ask how quickly the lawyer can start on your case.


4. Do a background check

Before hiring any lawyer, you can generally find out some basic information about the lawyer online, such as how long has he or she been in practice, which areas does he or she specialize in and where did he or she went to law school etc. Most established law firms will have a webpage where you can run these checks.


5. Do you feel comfortable?

As divorce is a very personal and stressful matter, make sure that you feel comfortable with the lawyer you hire. Your lawyer should be approachable and patient. You are paying his fees, and he should not make you feel that he has no time for you or that answering your questions are a chore.

You should carefully do your research by taking these 5 steps before you choose the best lawyer to suit your needs.


Keen to discuss more? Call the Family Lawyers at PKWA Law at 6854 5336 or 6397 6100 for a free 1st consultation.


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