This hour, we spent the show discussing aspects of family law and how to choose a lawyer with the top divorce lawyer in DFW, Charles Robertson. We got some great advice on choosing an attorney with whom you can work and interact on a personal and professional level. He also gave us information about adoption law, and how the process works on a general level. Finally, we discussed the steps to starting a divorce. Charles has worked in family law for over 40 years, and his expert insight helped us to clarify many family law issues that can be confusing.
Choose a Lawyer who You Trust Personally AND Professionally
When you are asking around for a lawyer, people will generally refer someone they know based on social relationships, rather than the quality of work they can provide. This is an unfortunate convention, because this is not a good way to pick a lawyer. You need to know that they are knowledgeable and experienced first.
A good indicator of quality is if they are board certified by the state bar. Charles is an excellent family law attorney in North Texas, and has drafted and graded exams for this certification, and completely vouches for it as an indicator of knowledge. You should also see if they have often handled cases like yours, in the same court system and recently. One way to do so, aside from checking into their professional history, is to observe them in court.
Once you have assured yourself of their professional knowledge and quality, you should evaluate them on a personal level. You need to be able to feel comfortable talking to and working with this person. Do you get along with them, agree with them, and trust them? It is vital that you can be open emotionally and professionally about your situation. Then you can participate properly in your own legal proceedings, and understand what is going on.