So you were served with divorce papers, your spouse already has a lawyer, there are children involved, or you’re in any of the other situations previously mentioned in the article When Should I Get a Divorce Lawyer.
Now do you hire a small law firm for your divorce in Minnesota or go with a big law firm?
There are definitely some advantages to hiring a small law firm, which we’ll look at here.
4 Advantages of Hiring a Small Law Firm for your Divorce
Perhaps the most significant advantage of hiring a small law firm for your Minnesota divorce is cost.
Small law firms have less staff to pay. They also have less organizational overhead, lower advertising costs, and less expensive office space rentals. In any law office, these expenses will inevitably be pushed off onto the client, usually in the form of higher fees.
For example, big law firms in downtown Minneapolis charge a minimum of $400 an hour with paralegal fees of $300 an hour for divorce and family law cases, and be prepared for a significant initial retainer.
Focus on Divorce and Family Law
Small firms often, although not necessarily, are more likely to specialize in the practice area they work in.
Usually you can tell, through the firm’s advertising, website, or after calling, what areas they practice in and deal with on a regular basis.
It’s also easier to figure out how much experience and practice the lawyer that will be representing you has had with divorce when you go with a small firm.
When you work with a small firm, you meet all the staff.
Along these lines, you always know who is working on your case. Unfortunately, just because you meet with the partner of a big law firm, doesn’t mean that s/he will actually be the divorce attorney working on your case.
Do you really want to take the risk of your divorce case getting passed off to a less-experienced associate or bouncing from one attorney to another throughout your case?
Instead, with a small firm, what you see, is what you get! Staff at a small firm get the opportunity to know you and your case on a personal level. That’s exactly what you want from your divorce attorney considering the fact that your divorce case is a personal matter!
Because there are less people to get through and because staff will not be working on a high volume of different kinds of cases that they may not be as familiar with, staff are easier to get a hold of and more quickly available when you need them. This includes being able to directly communicate with the lawyer working on your divorce.
Please keep in mind that these are the common differences between small law firms and big law firms.
There are additional factors you should take into consideration as well when choosing your divorce lawyer.
Next week, we’ll get into the details and show you how to get the BEST representation for your divorce.