Why Caseload Matters In Your Divorce

Why Caseload Matters
An overworked and disorganized attorney can be a bad sign

The Divorce Attorney’s Current Caseload

The divorce attorney’s current caseload may impact his or her ability to competently serve you.  For example, let’s say that you find a divorce attorney that has a reputation for caring about his/her clients, or you find a divorce attorney that is known for his/her dedication and hard work on cases.

However, even with these great qualities, no divorce attorney is immune to the limitations of time. After all, there’s only so much that can get done in a day. 

Therefore, the simple fact remains…

If your divorce attorney takes more clients and cases than s/he can handle, it impacts you, as the client, because your attorney won’t be able to deliver the best service possible.

Therefore, to ensure that you and your divorce case get the quality representation and attention that you deserve, don’t overlook the fact that the divorce attorney that you’re considering may already have a full plate.

Will the Attorney Has Time for Me?

 I recommend that you ask the divorce attorney that you’re considering on hiring,

“Do you currently have the time and resources available to competently handle my case?”

By asking this question, you signal to your divorce lawyer that this is a concern for you. By communicating this concern from the get-go, you ensure that your divorce attorney is made aware of your concern right away. By making your lawyer cognizant of the issue from the start, s/he is able to take the necessary steps throughout your case to ensure that it doesn’t happen. Therefore, by voicing your concern, you increase your chances of receiving quality representation and services.  After all, it’s in any lawyer’s best interest to keep his/her clients happy since lawyers depend on referrals from past clients for future business!

Other Considerations

For one, if your divorce attorney has a legal assistant or paralegal, then the firm can take more clients, than a solo practitioner, because more staff means more people to help with your case and share the work.

Support Help for caseload
Legal support staff can help manage caseload

Therefore, this example shows how taking into consideration both criteria 5 (the attorney’s current clients and caseload) and criteria 3 (support help) help you make a better decision about if you’re divorce attorney will have time for you and your divorce case, than if you only focused on criteria 5 or criteria 3.

In addition, if your divorce attorney practices exclusively in family law and is experienced with divorce cases, he or she can have more clients at a time, than an attorney who practices in several areas of law, because presumably the general practice attorney is going to be serving a wider range of clients and therefore having to set aside more time to learn and research laws in multiple areas (such as, criminal law, or bankruptcy law) due to having unrelated cases.

Multiple Law Areas increase caseload
Lack of specialization can increase an attorney’s caseload

Therefore, this example shows how taking into consideration the attorney’s current clients and caseload and background experience and education help you make a you make a better decision about if you’re divorce attorney will have time for you and your divorce case.

And as I just demonstrated, it’s detrimental to base your decision only on a single criteria because you just saw how criteria 3 and criteria 4, can impact criteria 5. So when you make your final decision of who to hire as your divorce attorney, just make sure to consider as many criteria as possible. 

For other divorce or family law questions, please consult the list to the left or the FAQ page.  If you’re interested in retaining an attorney to help you, please feel free to contact my office for a consultation using the contact information on the left or the contact form on the Majeski Law home page.  For Court rules, please click here.

Hiring a Small Law Firm: Advantages

Advtanges of Hiring a Small Law Firm
Hiring a small firm for a divorce should be personal

Advantages of Hiring a Small Law Firm for your Divorce

  1. Less Expensive

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.

  1. 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.

  1. Personal Connection

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!

  1. Staff Availability

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.

For other divorce or family law questions, please consult the list to the left or the FAQ page.  If you’re interested in retaining an attorney to help you, please feel free to contact my office for a consultation using the contact information on the left or the contact form on the Majeski Law home page.  For Court rules, please click here.

When a Divorce Lawyer May Be Just What You Need

Woman on phone with divorce lawyer
Calling a divorce lawyer is often the first step

Reasons You May Want a Divorce Lawyer

Divorces can be incredibly difficult both emotionally and procedurally.  A divorce lawyer can help guide you through the process.  This includes making it as smooth and quick as possible while still protecting and advocating for your rights.

The following are a list of reasons you should consider hiring a divorce lawyer:

  • You don’t trust that your spouse will be honest and do the right thing during the divorce
  • Your spouse has already shown they are vengeful, dishonest, or aggressive
  • You are concerned that your spouse may be hiding assets
  • You’re uncomfortable with the divorce process \You’re not sure what to do during a divorce process and feel easily overwhelmed by the large amount of paperwork
  • Your spouse has a divorce lawyer representing them
  • Your divorce has special issues that need extra attention, like:
  • Who will get custody of the children?
  • How often will each of you spend with the children?
  • Who will get child support and how much will it be?
  • Are either you or your spouse entitled to alimony?
  • How will marital property be split up?
  • How will marital debts be split up?
  • There has been domestic abuse or child abuse in the relationship
  • You’re worried your spouse may become abusive if a divorce is started
  • You don’t feel comfortable negotiating a divorce alone with your spouse
  • Either you or your spouse has problems with drug or alcohol abuse
  • Either you or your spouse has mental or physical health problems
  • You would be comforted having someone help guide and lead you through the potentially complex process.

A Divorce Lawyer Can Help if You Have Kids

Children are often hit the hardest by divorces.  Not only do they see their primary caregivers split apart, unfortunately some are put in between the parents in potentially horrible ways.  It’s easy to become overwhelmed with the divorce process by itself.  This pressure becomes even more enormous when you’re worried about the welfare of your children.

A divorce lawyer can be especially helpful in the following situations, when your spouse has: 

  • Been physically or emotionally abusive towards them
  • Used the children to try to manipulate you
  • Denied you access to your children
  • Threatened to harm or take away the children if you leave
  • Has already kidnapped the children

For Your Piece of Mind

Ultimately, a divorce lawyer will deal with all of the legally complex issues and arguments that may need to be made during a case.  The lawyer will keep you informed of your options and where the case is going.  Lastly, the lawyer will allow you to go on with your life as seamlessly as possible and help you move on.

For other divorce or family law questions, please consult the list to the left or the FAQ page.  If you’re interested in retaining an attorney to help you, please feel free to contact my office for a consultation using the contact information on the left or the contact form on the Majeski Law home page.  For Court rules, please click here.