You will find far too many divorce lawyers in Portsmouth. Go to Avvo.com and enter “divorce” as the practice area and then enter Portsmouth Virginia and click Search. You’ll see a lengthy list of divorce lawyers in and near Portsmouth.
You’ll observe that all those lawyers look and sound the same. They will all inform you within their short identical Avvo blurbs that they are “compassionate,” “aggressive,” “good listeners,” “blah…blah.” Whatever they believe you want to hear, that’s what they’ll say.
If you click through to the websites of those lawyers , that won’t help either. Each of them have the exact same cookie-cutter websites.
Each of them look and sound the same. Each of them tell you various almost identical qualities about themselves. The problem is that not one of them can prove a single claim they make. You do not want to listen to any of that noise. If they don’t prove it, it means nothing. “I think I’m a real great guy, and you should too.” is not a very wise legal advertisement for a lawyer.
Let your spouse have that weak lawyer. You need a lawyer of demonstrated higher quality to protect your legal and economic interests. You want the best divorce lawyer in Portsmouth.
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.
You should also be aware that the prominent Avvo Rating displayed in each lawyer’s profile has nothing at all to do with the particular performance of the individual lawyer. It’s not based, as Avvo wants you to think, upon client testimonials or any type of performance metric by that lawyer. It is based on “peer recommendations.” Avvo lets you know that should you hover over the small information icon next to the rating.
So because other divorce lawyers in Portsmouth are obviously not going to create testimonials for their divorce lawyer competitor, lawyers in different fields of legal practice dishonestly trade recommendations with each other.
So an area DUI lawyer who doesn’t have necessary information about the lawyer s/he is recommending for divorce will write a good testimonial about some non-competitive divorce lawyer as a swap for a similarly dishonest and meaningless testimonial by that divorce lawyer about their DUI practice.
Don’t get fooled. The Avvo Rating doesn’t inform you how good or affordable any lawyer actually is.
And yes, you do want a cheap divorce lawyer 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 lawyer through 1-800-DIVORCE, but let’s face it, if you have an uncontested divorce, you WANT a cheap divorce lawyer.
Additionally you will observe 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 letting you know, “Hey, we do a|little bit of everything. Please hire us for something.”
You want a divorce lawyer who handles only family law matters. You do not want your Portsmouth divorce lawyer to pick up the telephone to you when she’s just been focusing on a criminal record expungement or a social security disability case. Those are very different specializations involving different laws and thought processes.
So right now, as you read this, only you understand what’s involved in your impending divorce or family law case.
Armed with that personal knowledge, you’re looking for a local Portsmouth divorce lawyer who shows you some type of unique spark – some creative problem-solving indication that demonstrates their abilities. Again, don’t listen to what the lawyer informs you about himself or herself. That form of self-praise means nothing to you. It might be accurate, but it might not be. You are looking for clear reliable proof.
Also, remember that you do not have to find the best divorce lawyer in Portsmouth. No one knows who that is anyway. You need to find the best Portsmouth divorce lawyer FOR YOU!!
How to find YOUR divorce lawyer? Look at how each divorce lawyer handles his or her law practice. Why? Because that’s how s/he will handle your divorce or other family law case.
It’s reasonable to assume that just how business people (like lawyers) handle the problems and challenges in their very own businesses will be the way s/he handles the problems and challenges in your case.
People generally bring the exact same knowledge, intellect, analysis and incentive to each and every problem that faces them. So just how each lawyer positions and promotes their own law practice will be a strong indication of how s/he will conduct your case.
Why would you hire a lawyer to take care of your own legal and economic interests when they do not even look after their very own business interests?
So look carefully at each lawyer. If they ONLY stand in line at Avvo with a phony 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 such a lawyer.
So what is a good example of a lawyer who represents himself or herself well? How about a divorce lawyer who has seized the most effective family law brand in the world? How about a divorce lawyer who has secured the 1-800-DIVORCE brand to the exclusion of all other divorce lawyers in Portsmouth? How about a divorce lawyer who’s smart enough to possess one single word as their brand, firm name and forever memorable telephone number?
Isn’t that the type of dynamic problem-solving divorce lawyer you’re searching for?
You don’t need to go with a “jack-of-all-trades” lawyer . And you don’t need to go with a non-descript lawyer who just stands in line with all other divorce lawyer in City of Portsmouth. Instead, you need a lawyer who represents his or her own law practice business creatively because that means s/he will look after your case in the same manner.
However, there’s more. 1-800-DIVORCE is not just the best family law marketing brand on the planet. Think about what else 1-800-DIVORCE means – to you AND to your 1-800-DIVORCE lawyer.
1-800-DIVORCE brings your local 1-800-DIVORCE lawyer more cases than their competitors. Lawyers who handle a lot of divorce cases are usually better at it than their local competitors. You definitely want a busy divorce lawyer who is well-versed in divorce and knows what s/he is doing.
1-800-DIVORCE also has a cost-effectiveness factor. It provides 1-800-DIVORCE lawyers divorces at a lower cost of case acquisition than their local competitors pay. That means your local 1-800-DIVORCE lawyer is MUCH MORE LIKELY to request lower fees.
Many additionally offer flat fee unbundled services such as a case review package, where you will not only have your complete cost up-front but also pay only for the legal services your situation really requires.
Most 1-800-DIVORCE lawyers also offer free initial consultations.
However, perhaps the foremost economic indicator for you to take advantage of is that due to the memorability of 1-800-DIVORCE, it is a referral goldmine. What will you be saying to a friend or relative who needs the same legal assistance in the future? You’ll be able to say, “Call 1-800-DIVORCE. They took care of me.” And that’s the gold for the lawyer – a free case. All of your referrals (and the referrals from your referrals) are free business to your local 1-800-DIVORCE lawyer for 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 will 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 use that knowledge to your advantage. Be sure that your 1-800-DIVORCE lawyer knows that you will refer friends and relatives to him or her through 1-800-DIVORCE but that you want a real good job done in your divorce.
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 lawyer 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 lawyer didn’t have 1-800-DIVORCE, how would you refer people 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 lawyer . S/he is just the kind of Portsmouth divorce lawyer you are seeking.
The advice above tells you what to avoid and what to look for in hiring the best divorce lawyer for you in Portsmouth.
Of course, we might have just said to call 1-800-DIVORCE. 1-800-DIVORCE has been signing up the best and most cost-effective divorce lawyers and introducing them to divorce consumers since June 1991.
1-800-DIVORCE knows what to look for in a best-rated local divorce lawyer. But we needed to tell you a little concerning what 1-800-DIVORCE looks for in qualifying your local 1-800-DIVORCE lawyer. We did not just toss a dart at a map.
So now we should also tell you a little about the usual family law services that are provided by 1-800-DIVORCE lawyers. Of course, the most usual is divorce. Legal separations are less common.
In a common family law matter, there will be many family law services provided – maybe as well as divorce or legal separation or as a separate service if the divorce has already been done or will not be requested currently.
Following are perhaps the most frequent additional family law service offerings, which is not to say that they are any less important.
If there are minor children, then the issues of child custody and visitation/parenting must be addressed and be determined by legal court orders.
Child custody and its related issues are always considered by the court to be more significant than a divorce itself or any other issues such as property or debt division. Clearly, child custody and visitation can be emotional issues for the parents.
To get a child custody case assessment and a better idea of what the probable resolution of a child custody and parenting action will 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 concern of financial well-being going forward as well as justice.
No matter whether your child support issue is a matter of ascertaining the fair dollar figure of child support that should be paid, based upon the relative incomes of the parents and the ratios of physical custody of each parent or alternativelyif it is a matter of confirming or adjustment of a current child support order, your local 1-800-DIVORCE lawyer in Portsmouth can handle the case.
To converse with your local 1-800-DIVORCE lawyer and obtain a free child support strategy session, call 1-800-DIVORCE or complete the web form at the bottom of this page.
Usually in a long term marriage, but additionally in shorter marriages, depending on circumstances, spousal support can be an important topic. It will be the concern of the judge to make sure that the relative economic outcomes of the parties after the divorce is final are kept as much as is possible the same as the standard of living the parties experienced during the marriage.
For a free spousal support assessment, call 1-800-DIVORCE or complete the web form at the bottom of this page.
Even when divorcing spouses cannot agree, a divorce does not have to be a big fight. For many couples, divorce mediation is an much better and more cost-effective alternative to expensive litigation.
In divorce mediation, you and your spouse meet with a professional, un-biased mediator to weigh up and finalize the areas of disagreement in your case. Such sessions frequently take place in an informal office situation, though you may alternatively be able to go through your mediation online.
In order to find out about the divorce mediation services available from your local 1-800-DIVORCE lawyer in Portsmouth, call 1-800-DIVORCE or complete the web form at the bottom of this page.
Uncontested divorces are those in which both spouses agree they want a divorce and that neither spouse will fight the case or any of its constituent issues.
In many instances, the court process for uncontested divorces can be completed in a much shorter time than for fought divorces.
You might file for divorce believing the proceeding should be uncontested, but discover later on that your spouse will. This does not occur often, but it does happen.
You will want to inquire of your 1-800-DIVORCE lawyer about the availability of flat-fee unbundled services in an uncontested divorce. These are not appropriate in ALL uncontested divorces.
The important factor in an uncontested divorce is to have an experienced and affordable lawyer on your side from the beginning in case your uncontested divorce blows up or perhaps just requires extra family law services.
Call 1-800-DIVORCE or complete the web form at the bottom of this page.
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.