Hire the attorney, not the firm.
- If you hire a Partner or a Senior Associate, it is likely you will deal infrequently with that attorney. Your case will be passed to an Associate. Since that Associate will likely have no decision making authority, a Partner will review the work. While not every medium to large firm works this way, it is more likely than not that your costs will be higher there than if you work directly with a smaller firm or a solo practitioner — one lawyer who charges a reasonable rate.
- A solo practitioner has complete control over his or her practice and can “No Charge” or reduces your rate or makes payment arrangements with you.
- If you hire an attorney at large firm, make sure you do not get lost in the shuffle, or receive less attention if your case is one of the firm’s smaller, less lucrative cases.
- If you hire a small firm or solo practitioner, make sure he or she is not overwhelmed with other cases and can make yours a priority.
- A large firm has more employees. If you hire a small firm or a solo practitioner, make sure your attorney has a plan in place if your case becomes more complicated.
Again, hire the attorney, not the firm. Retain the attorney with who you feel most comfortable and who you believe will work tirelessly for you.
Making the First Call to a Divorce Lawyer
It is not always easy to make the first call to a Divorce and Family Law Attorney. When you call Rose Ellen, she will talk with you over the phone. She will not pressure you to make an appointment. She will answer your questions and will advise, however, that at whatever stage you are, the sooner you come in for a consultation the better she will be able to get you the results you want.
Rose Ellen says:
“I have been practicing law for over 20 years, concentrating in Family Law and the Divorce process. I have worked for a large firm and now have my own practice. I have dealt with opposing counsel in all the largest firms in Boston and have been against solo practitioners in almost every county as well. The information I present here is general and from my observations over many years.
I offer both significant legal expertise in those areas and in Business, Contracts, and Real Estate which are often components of Divorce. I provide you with the invaluable amount of perspective that comes with that amount of time. I encourage you to call or send me an email to make an appointment to discuss your situation.”