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How To Determine Bad Practices by Dallas Divorce Lawyers!

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By StraightDivorce Staff on 1/8/2008

In a world where people use lawyers on a regular basis, a divorce lawyer is supposed to do everything in their power to have a client’s best interests at heart. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. While the majority of Dallas Divorce lawyers are ethical, regrettably some are not as ethical as we’d like to believe. For example, some divorce lawyers take advantage of a client when handling their divorce case, being more interested in making money than in helping the client. Based on research, there are many more complaints filed against divorce lawyers than any other kind of attorney. In fact, several years ago, a report was filed stating that divorce lawyers were punished more than other lawyers for violations of ethics. Disappointingly, some have forgotten what their job is really about, which is to serve their clients.

How To Determine Bad Practices by Dallas Divorce Attorneys

Some of the things to watch out for when hiring a divorce attorney would be to notice the type of behavior a lawyer exhibits right from the start. To avoid hiring a lawyer that is less than principled, anyone in search of a lawyer should be on the alert for signs that could indicate the lawyer is unethical. Pay attention to whether they do not return phone calls in a reasonable amount of time or watch out for whether they don’t file cases in a timely manner. Also, consider the fact that an attorney that has been licensed by the Texas Supreme Court is authorized to practice law in any state court in Texas and in any practice area, which means that the lawyer you choose may claim to know divorce law, but that isn’t necessarily true. To be sure you choose the best divorce lawyer it would be best if you find a lawyer that specializes in divorce cases.

Things to Watch Out for When Choosing a Dallas Divorce Lawyer

Although the greatest criterion for finding a good lawyer is finding someone to trust, most people do not know how to go about finding a good lawyer, and sometimes because of need, they choose in haste. Red flags that indicate a poor choice in an attorney is obvious when a lawyer tries to persuade a client to make false allegations about their ex-partner or if they encourage the client to take an unfair position in a court of law. The importance of having a good attorney to represent you during divorce is very important, so when you choose a divorce attorney, they should be willing to do everything ethical to empower you. At the top of a lawyer’s list is making sure that an amicable solution to the divorce situation is met, so that hopefully you will not have to go to court.

Lawyers that Suffer From Substance Abuse

Research has also demonstrated that a high percentage of lawyers suffer from substance abuse, alcoholism and mental issues. While not an excuse by any stretch of the imagination, some of the reasons that lawyers suffer from these issues stems from the fact that the practice of law is very stressful and therefore can magnify personal problems leading to bad practices. The State Bar of Texas has been known to step in and assist some lawyers who have had bad practices due to substance abuse, mental issues or alcoholism. But, if you are in need of legal assistance, you don’t want to have to worry about a lawyer that is struggling with his or her own issues. Instead you want to be sure you’re hiring an attorney who will be able to handle your case effectively.

The Red Flags When Hiring a Divorce Lawyer

There are some other red flags to look out for when hiring a lawyer, which includes the following:

  • A divorce Lawyer should not give clients false hopes about any aspect concerning their divorce.
  • Because there are thousands of attorneys to choose from, when you prepare to make a decision, pay attention to whether the attorney is calm and pleasant; if their attitude is impatient or unpleasant, don’t hire the attorney.
  • If you ask questions to determine whether the attorney you’re considering is up to date with all the latest laws particularly in Dallas, Texas and the lawyer doesn’t respond well, this is not the right choice of an attorney.
  • When you talk with the attorney, notice whether the attorney treats you with the respect you deserve. If they are curt and unprofessional, move on.

To assure that you’re getting the right attorney, you should sense right from the start that the attorney you’ve selected is ethical and principled. A divorce lawyer is there to protect you, your finances and your child custody circumstances. If you make a poor choice in selecting an attorney, it could affect custody, alimony and the division of property. Always remember, that if a problem arises between you and your lawyer, don’t be afraid to talk about it. A lawyer is a person and is not superior to you. They are there to help, so if you’re not happy, talk it out. If your dispute has something to do with a breach of ethical conduct, you can file a complaint with the Chief of Disciplinary Counsel’s Office of the State Bar of Texas found at www.texasbar.com.

About the Divorce Attorneys at Straight Divorce

When dealing with family law and divorce issues, a divorce attorney can help make the transition a little smoother. Making the divorce process as simple as possible, the divorce lawyers at Straight Divorce are available for consultation by filling out the free divorce case review or by calling us at 1 (877) 420-6657.

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