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The Legal Side of Family Transition

Deciding Which Attorney to Hire

Madeleine Alberts, Children, Youth and Family Program Leader
M. Kathleen Mangum, Sandra Syverson, and Barbara Radke, Extension Educators
Minnell Tralle, Extension Educator — Family Resiliency

2012

How do you choose the right attorney to handle your divorce or legal separation? Look around and ask good questions.

Deciding which attorney to hire for your divorce or legal separation can be difficult — especially the interview process. You might be tempted to skip interviews altogether, but don’t! Hiring an attorney to handle your divorce or legal separation is an important decision, and you should do what you can to find the right attorney for you. That requires interviewing potential attorneys about their qualifications.

If possible, interview more than one attorney before making a decision. If you live in a rural area, that might require driving to another town. Wherever you live, interviewing three or four attorneys will not be a waste of time. You will learn about the divorce or separation process from each one, and equally important, you will find out which attorney you feel comfortable with and trust. Some attorneys charge for an “informational” interview like this, so ask about that before making an appointment.

During Your Interview

Take adequate time to ask questions and collect information about each attorney you interview. Here are some sample questions to get you started.

About Their Background

About Their Fees and Costs

About Their Work Methods

After the Interviews

After you have completed your interviews, ask yourself several questions about the attorneys’ qualifications.

Sources

Office of Minnesota Attorney General. (n.d. ). Hiring an attorney.

Law Help MN. (2013). Getting a divorce: A basic guide to Minnesota law.

Related Resources

Controlling Attorney Costs — Paying for an attorney can be very expensive. Find out about typical attorney costs and how to save money during the process.

Legal Advice Clinics and Self-Help CentersMinnesota Judicial Branch — In Minnesota, Self-Help Center workstations are available in all county courthouses and a limited number of public libraries. Find the contact info for the center nearest you.

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