Do I need a lawyer?

Do I need to hire a lawyer?

Experience has proven over the years the truth of the old adage, “you get what you pay for.”  This has proven true time and again in family law matters.  Whether it is dividing the assets or debts or allocating parenting time or child support, you are best served by having a lawyer guide you through the process and ensure that your rights are protected.

Over the years, we have built a reputation of vigorously protecting our client’s rights.  Whether this is the amount of time you spend with your child, the amount of support you receive or pay or the division of the marital estate – until you know your rights, you cannot protect them.  As a lay person, you cannot really be expected to know your rights or the rights of your children.  However, the law will treat you the same as it treats a person who is represented by a lawyer.  This means that if you give up important rights, or do not include some rights in the final document, you typically do not get a “do over.”

Hiring the right lawyer.

The first question is whether you need a lawyer, the more important question is who is the right lawyer for you.  You need an experienced lawyer with experience representing people in matters like yours in the courtroom and before the judge where your case is set. 

It is also absolutely critical that you be comfortable with your lawyer.  As lawyers, we are often called upon to give tough and unpleasant advice.  Many times we have to tell a client something he or she does not want to hear.  In order for your lawyer to be effective, you need to have faith that your lawyer is working in your best long-term interests.  Whether it is our Memphis based law firm, or some other firm, you need and deserve a lawyer with whom you are comfortable and in whom you have faith. 

It is usually best to talk to more than one (1) lawyer in your search for one with whom you are comfortable.  Hiring a lawyer is not like buying a pair of socks.  You should get multiple opinions and speak with more than a single lawyer in order find a lawyer with whom you are comfortable.  You then go forward with that lawyer.