There are way too many divorce lawyers in Lakewood. Head on over to Avvo.com and enter “divorce” as the practice area and then enter Lakewood South Carolina and click Search. You’ll see an extended list of divorce lawyers in and near Lakewood.
You’ll notice that all those lawyers look and sound the same. They will all tell you within their short identical Avvo blurbs that they are “compassionate,” “aggressive,” “good listeners,” “blah…blah.” Whatever they think you want to hear, that’s what they’ll say.
If you click right through to the web sites of these lawyers , that won’t help either. They all have the exact same cookie-cutter websites.
They all look and sound the same. They all tell you various almost identical qualities about themselves. The problem is that not one of them can prove a single claim they make. You never want to hear any of that noise. If they do not prove it, it indicates nothing. “I think I’m a genuine great guy, and you should too.” is not a savvy legal advertisement for a lawyer.
Let your spouse have that weak attorney. You need an attorney of demonstrated higher quality to look after your interests. You want the best divorce lawyer in Lakewood.
To be clear, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a lawyer having an Avvo account, a Yelp Account, a LegalZoom account or a Google My Business page. What’s wrong is when they ONLY have those accounts and do not position themselves professionally to stand out from the lawyer-crowd.
It’s also wise to remember that the prominent Avvo Rating displayed in each lawyer’s profile has nothing at all to do with the particular performance of the individual attorney. It’s not based, as Avvo wants you to believe, upon client testimonials or any type of performance metric by that attorney. It is dependent on “peer recommendations.” Avvo lets you know that should you hover over the small information icon close to the rating.
So because other divorce lawyers in Lakewood are obviously not going to create testimonials for his or her divorce lawyer competitor, lawyers in various fields of legal practice dishonestly trade recommendations with each other.
So a nearby DUI attorney who has no necessary knowledge about the attorney s/he is recommending for divorce will write a great testimonial about some non-competitive divorce lawyer in trade for a similarly dishonest and meaningless testimonial by that divorce attorney about their DUI practice.
Don’t get fooled. The Avvo Rating does not tell you how good or affordable any attorney actually is.
And yes, you do want a cheap divorce attorney providing your divorce is uncontested. Cheap divorce lawyers tend to be good divorce lawyers because they tend to handle a lot of divorce and other family law matters. So you can certainly tell your friends that you found an affordable divorce attorney through 1-800-DIVORCE, but let’s face it, if you have an uncontested divorce, you WANT a cheap divorce lawyer.
You will also notice that several divorce lawyer’s websites are “jack-of-all-trades” websites. You could have found them on Avvo’s divorce page, but many of these lawyers also handle bankruptcy, DUI, personal injury, crime, car-wreck, immigration, social security disability, etc. They’re telling you, “Hey, we do a|bit of everything. Please hire us for something.”
You want a divorce attorney who handles only family law matters. You never want your Lakewood divorce lawyer to pick up the telephone to you when she’s just been taking care of a criminal record expungement or a social security disability case. Those are different specializations involving different laws and thought processes.
So at this time, as you read this, only you know what’s associated with your impending divorce or family law case.
Armed with that personal knowledge, you’re looking for a local Lakewood divorce attorney who shows you some kind of unique spark – some creative problem-solving indication that demonstrates their abilities. Again, don’t listen to what the attorney informs you about himself or herself. That form of self-praise means nothing to you. It may be accurate, but it could not be. You are seeking clear reliable proof.
Also, remember that you do not have to find the best divorce attorney in Lakewood. No-one knows who that is anyway. You’ll need to find the best Lakewood divorce attorney FOR YOU!!
How to find YOUR divorce attorney? Look at how each divorce attorney handles his / her law practice. Why? Because that’s how s/he will handle your divorce or other family law case.
It’s reasonable to believe that the way business people (like lawyers) handle the issues and challenges in their own businesses will be the way s/he handles the issues and challenges in your case.
People generally bring the same knowledge, intellect, analysis and incentive to each and every problem that faces them. So just how each attorney positions and promotes their own law practice is a strong indication of how s/he will conduct your case.
Why would you hire a attorney to deal with your own personal legal and economic interests when they do not even look after their own business interests?
So look carefully at each attorney. If they ONLY stand in line at Avvo with a bogus rating, leave them alone. If they represent themselves only on a cookie-cutter website and only with self-praise, leave them alone. There is no dynamic or creative insight or spark in this lawyer.
So what’s a good example of a lawyer who represents himself or herself well? How about a divorce attorney who has seized the best family law brand in the world? How about a divorce attorney who has secured the 1-800-DIVORCE brand to the exclusion of all other divorce lawyers in Lakewood? How about a divorce attorney who’s smart enough to have a single word as their brand, firm name and forever memorable telephone number?
Isn’t that the kind of dynamic problem-solving divorce attorney you’re searching for?
You don’t need to hire a “jack-of-all-trades” attorney . Also, you don’t need to hire some me-too attorney who simply blends in with all other divorce attorney in Horry County. You need a lawyer who represents himself or herself boldly because that means s/he will look after your interests the same way.
But there’s more. 1-800-DIVORCE is not just the premier divorce marketing brand in the world. Think also about what else 1-800-DIVORCE means – to you AND to your 1-800-DIVORCE attorney.
1-800-DIVORCE brings your local 1-800-DIVORCE attorney more cases than their local competitors. Lawyers who handle many divorces tend to become better at handling divorces than their local competitors. You definitely want a busy divorce attorney who is well-versed in divorce and knows what s/he is doing.
1-800-DIVORCE also has an affordability component. The brand brings 1-800-DIVORCE lawyers divorces at a lower cost of case acquisition than their local lawyer competitors pay. This means that your local 1-800-DIVORCE attorney is MUCH MORE LIKELY to charge lower fees.
Many also have fixed fee unbundled services like a document review legal services offering, where you will not only know your total fee up-front but also pay only for the legal services your situation actually needs.
Most 1-800-DIVORCE lawyers also offer free initial consultations.
But maybe the best financial factor for you to consider is that due to the memorability of 1-800-DIVORCE, it is a referral bonanza. What will you say to a friend or relative who is in need of similar help in the future? You’ll say, “Call 1-800-DIVORCE. They looked after me.” And that’s the payoff for the lawyer – a case they don’t pay anything for. All of your referrals (and the referrals from your referrals) will be the icing on the cake to your local 1-800-DIVORCE attorney for many years to come. S/he badly WANTS that free business.
Your 1-800-DIVORCE referrals are what bring your local 1-800-DIVORCE lawyer’s cost of case acquisition way down. They may get 2, 3, 6 divorces for the cost of one (yours). And that’s why they signed up. And you know that, and they know that, and they hope you know that.
So take advantage. Make sure that your 1-800-DIVORCE attorney understands that you will refer friends and relatives to him or her through 1-800-DIVORCE but that you expect to have a real good job done in your case.
Only a great job will bring those free referrals. And you don’t need to be nasty or mean about that fact. Just state it as a business proposition. Your 1-800-DIVORCE attorney will know it’s true. Be sure to tell him or her that you know a lot of people.
If your local 1-800-DIVORCE attorney didn’t have 1-800-DIVORCE, how would you refer friends and colleagues to him or her. You’ll forget his or her name and you’ll lose his or her email address. In 2 or 5 years, you’ll never remember, but you’ll never forget 1-800-DIVORCE.
Call 1-800-DIVORCE or fill in the form below to be connected directly to your local 1-800-DIVORCE attorney . S/he is just the type of Lakewood divorce attorney you are looking for.
All of the above advice tells you what situations to avoid and what situations to look for in finding the best divorce attorney for you in Lakewood.
Of course, we might have just said to call 1-800-DIVORCE. 1-800-DIVORCE has been qualifying the best and most affordable divorce attorneys and connecting them to divorce consumers ever since June 1991.
1-800-DIVORCE knows what to look for in a top local divorce attorney. But we had to tell you some guidance about what 1-800-DIVORCE looks for in qualifying your local 1-800-DIVORCE attorney. We didn’t just throw a dart at a local map.
But now we should also tell you a little about the most common family law services that are provided by 1-800-DIVORCE attorneys. Of course, the most typical is divorce. Legal separations are a lot less common.
In a common family law matter, there will be many family law services provided – either as well as divorce or legal separation or as a stand-alone service if the divorce itself has been completed or will not be pursued at the same time.
Following are perhaps the most common additional family law service offerings, though these are not unimportant.
If there are minor children, then the issues of child custody and visitation/parenting have to be addressed and become the subject of court orders.
Child custody is always regarded by the court to be more significant than a divorce itself or any other issues such as property division. Clearly, child custody can be emotional topics for the parents.
To get a child custody case assessment and a firm impression of what the probable resolution of a child custody action would likely be, call 1-800-DIVORCE or complete the web form below.
The topic of child support is also potentially emotional. Often, it is also a matter of economic survival going forward and fairness.
Whether your child support issue is a question of ascertaining the fair dollar figure of child support to be paid, as determined by the relative incomes of the parents and the ratios of primary physical care,custody and control of each parent or if it is a situation of confirming or modification of an existing child support, your near-me 1-800-DIVORCE lawyer in Lakewood has you covered.
To consult with your local 1-800-DIVORCE lawyer and get a free child support consultation, call 1-800-DIVORCE or complete the web form below.
Usually in a lengthy marriage, but also in other marriages, depending on circumstances, spousal support can be a critical topic. It will be the job of the court to require that the financial outcomes of the spouses after the divorce are maintained as much as is possible the same as the financial standard of living the spouses enjoyed during the marriage.
For a free spousal support assessment, call 1-800-DIVORCE or complete the web form below.
When divorcing spouses disagree, a divorce does not have to mean an expensive trial. For many spouses, divorce mediation is an much better and more cost-effective option to expensive litigation.
In mediation, you both meet with a trained, neutral mediator to weigh up and finalize the areas of disagreement in your case. Mediation sessions often take place in an informal office setting, though you may alternatively be able to do your mediation online.
To learn about the divorce mediation services offered by your local 1-800-DIVORCE lawyer in Lakewood, call 1-800-DIVORCE or complete the web form below.
Uncontested divorces are those in which both parties agree that they want to dissolve their marriage and that no one will legally contest the case or any of its constituent issues, e.g. custody, support and property/debt division.
In many cases, the court process for uncontested divorces can be completed much sooner than for litigated divorces.
You could sue for divorce thinking that the case will be uncontested, but find later that your spouse has decided to contest. This does not occur frequently, but it happens consistently
You should ask your 1-800-DIVORCE lawyer about the availability of flat-fee unbundled services in an uncontested divorce. Bear in mind that these are not appropriate in EVERY uncontested divorce.
The important factor in an uncontested divorce is to have an experienced and cost-effective lawyer on your side from the very beginning in case your uncontested divorce blows up or needs some extra family law services.
Call 1-800-DIVORCE or complete the web form below.
If you have made the difficult personal decision to terminate your marriage or to seek other family law relief, you should definitely proceed with your divorce lawyer hiring decision at your own pace. The process must be comfortable for you.
So we thank you for considering using 1-800-DIVORCE for such an important matter as your own divorce or other family law matter.
We ask only that you remember our phone number. We think you will. Whenever you are ready to proceed, just dial 1-800-DIVORCE and you will be connected automatically to the exceptional divorce lawyer 1-800-DIVORCE qualified in your area.