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Five Tips To Help Your Divorce Lawyer Effectively Represent You
Posted on April 10th, 2013, by Scott Morgan in Divorce, Family Law. 1 Comment
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This is a guest post by board certified family law attorney Scott Morgan. He is the founder of the Morgan Law Firm which has offices in Houston, Austin, and Sugar Land.
 
Anyone who is going through or has gone through a divorce can tell you how important it is that you have a very good attorney. But what not many people will tell you is that regardless of how good an attorney you have your results will suffer if you and your attorney cannot work together effectively. Having practiced family law for nearly 20 years I have a few ideas of what it takes to effectively work with your divorce lawyer. Here are my five favorite tips to help your divorce lawyer do a good job on your case.
 
Tip #1 – Don’t Hide Things from Your LawyerLying and hiding things from your attorney is absolutely not in your best interest. Not only will it damage the relationship with your lawyer, it is likely to cause great damage to your case. Whatever the facts are a good lawyer can help you to do damage control and deal with the situation in the best way possible. What no lawyer can effectively deal with is being blindsided at the courthouse by damaging evidence that you had hoped would stay hidden.
 
Tip #2 – Have Realistic GoalsWhile no attorney can promise you a specific result in your case, a good attorney can usually give a reasonable range of likely outcomes. If your goals are well outside this range then it will make it nearly impossible for your lawyer to settle your case. Pay careful attention if your lawyer tells you that your objectives are unrealistic and that you are very unlikely to achieve them via settlement or at the courthouse. Sometimes it is necessary to adapt one’s goals to a more reasonable level in order to get the best possible result.
 
Tip #3 – Keep Relevant Documents and Information OrganizedThis tip is important throughout the case but particularly important during the discovery phase of your case. A common frustration of divorce lawyers occurs when they ask clients to compile information and records for them and the client either delays or outright refuses to do the work necessary to get them. Again, while it may seem unreasonable that you are required to do so much work on your divorce case, if you want an outstanding result you need to give your lawyer what they need.
 
Tip #4 – Don’t Get Derailed by Your EmotionsIt very frequently happens in divorce cases that a client becomes their own worst enemy. I have had clients call their spouses and leave horribly profane voicemails, send similarly nasty emails, give away personal property that belonged to their spouse, and perform a variety of other childish gestures that were intended to anger their spouse. Of course, the result of these actions was to provide the other side with very helpful evidence to show the judge just how unreasonable my client was. Don’t fall into this trap. Keep your emotions in check and avoid taking any action that would make you look bad to an objective outside observer.
 
Tip #5 – Be Open to Your Lawyer’s AdviceThis tip buttresses Tip #2’s advice to “have realistic goals.” Clients often have a belief that if they just got the case in front of a judge then the injustice of the situation would be obvious and the judge would spare no effort in an extremely harsh punishment of the other spouse. The reality is often quite different. While the facts of every case are unique it is imperative that you have a good lawyer and listen to that lawyer’s input about your case.Hopefully these five tips can help you more successfully navigate the divorce landscape and avoid making some of the all too common errors made by parties in divorce cases.

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Thanks for the tip to not hide anything from your lawyer. More specifically you said that it can damage the relationship that you have with your lawyer, as well as to your case. I think it's important to choose a lawyer that is in good standing with the local bar association.
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Danni Black on Wednesday, January 04, 2017 1:43 PM
I really like your tip about making sure that you don't get derailed by your emotions when it comes to working with a divorce lawyer. My sister and her husband recently decided to get a divorce so I'll have to pass this information on to her. Hopefully, the process will go over smoothly and she will have all the tools that she needs.
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You mentioned that you should have realistic goals and keep in mind that a good divorce lawyer can give a reasonable range of likely outcomes. I agree with that point because as much as you would like for something to turn out your way when it comes to a divorce, that's not always going to be the case. You definitely need to be prepared for the possibility of things to turning out in a way that you did not expect when dealing with a divorce settlement; that's one of the reasons why it's important to have a good lawyer on your side.
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Just like you said, I think it's important to keep realistic goals in mind. Divorce cases can be tricky, so it's best to know what the most realistic outcome is going to be. Talking to your lawyer about this from the beginning is very important. That way, you two are on the same page from the beginning.
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My wife and I haven't been on good terms lately and are thinking about filing for a divorce. I like that you suggest not getting consumed by your emotions and letting it get in the way of the court process. I'll be sure to keep my emotions in check and not do anything before asking the lawyer first. Thanks for sharing!
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Taylor Bishop on Wednesday, October 04, 2017 8:16 AM
I'm really glad that you mentioned that keeping documents and organizing them could be really useful to a divorce lawyer, especially in a discovery phase. As far as I know, this seems like a great way to make the process move along quickly. Knowing this, it definitely sounds worthwhile to make sure that you know what documents are needed so that you can prepare them in advance.
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My friend is going through a divorce, and she has been having a rough time. I thought it would be nice to look up tips for her to help her out with her lawyer. That is a good idea to be open to her lawyer's advice about what she should do. Even if her emotions are running high their lawyer would know what to do. Thanks for the tips!
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Scott on Monday, October 09, 2017 4:24 PM
I like that you talked about making goals based on what your lawyer says is realistic. I have been looking for someone to help me with my current case. I can see how it would be nice to base goals off a lawyer's experience, so I don't end up having unrealistic expectations for the case.
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