Can I hire a family law attorney to handle just some of my cases? – There are many times that people are involved in a family law matter and they choose to represent themselves and not retain an attorney. This can occur for many reasons including but not limited to the following:
- They think their matter is simple and therefore would not require any professional help,
- The other party involved in the case doesn’t have an attorney, so they don’t feel like they need one either,
- They cannot afford the cost of an attorney.
These all seem to be valid reasons, but often in hindsight, people tend to regret not obtaining the services of a family law attorney for their case. At the very least, they may want to consider hiring a family law attorney for part of their case.
In this blog, we will explain how you can hire a family law attorney for a portion of your case while you handle the rest. It is not an ideal situation most times, but it is often better than not having an attorney at all. Like all of our blogs, this is intended for informational purposes only and not intended as a substitute for the advice and counsel of a family law attorney.
You can hire a family law attorney to give legal advice and explain things to you
There are times that you may only want to pay a fee for the initial consultation with an attorney. You can also pay for additional consultations where you and a family law attorney can sit down and go over questions that you have about the law and procedure. In these meetings, it may be possible to come with a list of questions that can be answered for you. This can be very helpful in making sure you understand what you are doing if you are handling your family law matter yourself.
You can hire a family law attorney to draft or review documents for you
There are times where you may understand what you are trying to accomplish and the argument that you are trying to make but you don’t know how to properly put it down on paper. A good example of this is when two parties are entering into a separation agreement. If you and the other party have everything worked out and you just want to make sure the agreement is properly drafted, you can hire a family law attorney specifically for that matter. You can also hire a family law attorney to draft and review various other documents that you are not comfortable drafting yourself.
You can hire a family law attorney to handle a hearing for you
Some people may be in the situation in which they are comfortable handling just about every aspect of their matter, but they are uncomfortable making an argument in front of a judge. In this case they can hire a family law attorney for the sole purpose of handling a hearing for them. This often happens in emergency custody hearings, but it is an option that may be available for several other matters.
Family law matters are complicated and require professional help, even at times when people don’t think they need it. If you are in need of a family law attorney in Charlotte NC, or the surrounding areas, contact us.