Entertainment Fashion & Style Interview Questions to Ask Before You Hire a Family Law Attorney Seven Categories of Interview Questions You Must Ask Share PINTEREST Email Print Fashion & Style Kids and Teens Accessories Tops & Sweaters Dresses Skirts Jeans Pants Outerwear Lingerie & Swimwear Do It Yourself Shoes Skincare Advice Makeup Hair Fragrance Tattoos and Body Piercings Bumps & Babies Learn More By Jennifer Wolf Communications Director Seattle Pacific University Jennifer Wolf is a PCI Certified Parent Coach and a strong advocate for single moms and dads. our editorial process Twitter Twitter LinkedIn LinkedIn Jennifer Wolf Updated February 18, 2017 Before you hire a family law attorney, take the time to interview him or her thoroughly to make sure your working styles and goals for the case are similar. Here are seven different categories of interview questions to ask during your initial consultation: Experience Westend61/Getty Images Do you specialize in family law?What types of cases do you usually take on, and what types of cases do you feel most passionate about?Also, how many years have you been practicing?What percentage of your cases have settled out of court, and what percentage have gone on to trial?Do you see my case as particularly unique, and -- specifically -- what expertise can you bring to my case? Logistics Will you personally be handling my case?Do you truly have the time to take on my case at this point and give it your full attention? Payment Do you work on retainer?Is there an hourly rate in addition to that?What happens when my retainer runs out?Also, what hourly rate will you charge when I call and speak with your staff, such as secretaries and paralegals?Are there any hidden costs I should be aware of, such as filing fees, or additional costs related to photocopies or travel related to my case? Communication When can I next expect to hear from you?How will you update me regularly about my case?How can I contact you when I have questions or concerns, and what is your preferred method of communication (phone, e-mail, fax, etc.)? Correspondence May I request copies of all correspondence you send out or receive related to my case?Will you automatically send them to me, electronically or through traditional mail? Collaboration What do see as your goal related to my case?Do you work from a collaborative point of view?Do you encourage mediation when possible? Expectations Can you estimate the total cost upfront?What factors could potentially influence that estimation?What do you expect of me, as the client?What can I expect from you as my lawyer?