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How to Choose the Right Family Law Attorney

Steps on how to find the best lawyer for your family law needs.

How to Choose the Right Family Law AttorneyFamily law attorneys deal with cases involving marriage, divorce, child support, alimony, timesharing (visitation rights), division of assets, paternity, domestic violence, adoption and guardianships. If you need a pre-nuptial agreement, want to file for divorce or are considering adopting a child, you can benefit from hiring a good family law attorney. Attorneys may be a dime a dozen, but not all have the same value.

How Do You Know If You Need a Family Law Attorney?

The first step to finding the right attorney is determining if you really need one. If any of the following apply to you, it is to your benefit to hire a family law attorney:

  • You are considering a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement before getting married
  • You are considering divorce, annulment, or legal separation
  • You need a divorce agreement modification
  • You need child custody and support guidance
  • You are considering adopting a child
  • You need help with a restraining order

What Is Your Venue?

For family cases the venue is normally where both parties intended to reside together as husband and wife. There are some exceptions to this policy, such as when the individual is in the military or resides in more than one state. For determination of paternity the proceedings must be in the circuit court of the county where the plaintiff resides or the county where the defendant resides.

The Search for the Right Attorney

Once you have determined the venue of your case, search for family law attorneys in your area. Attorneys who are familiar with the judges, local jurisdiction and with other attorneys involved in family law will be able to serve you better.

Once you have written down some names, do some online research on them. Google them, seek articles or reports on them (or by them), news stories or reviews. Many law firms use social media for marketing or advertising purposes, so look up the lawyer or law firm on any of the major social media networks such as Facebook or Twitter.

Narrow down your choices.

If you have asked for references from others and have researched enough on the attorney, you should have a proper sense of good attorney candidates. It is advisable that you schedule an in-person meeting with at least two attorneys which will help you make a firm decision. It is essential to know how you will interact personally with an attorney before you hire one.

Call and Make Your Appointment for a Consultation.

Some attorneys offer a free preliminary consultation on the telephone or in person. Make sure you inquire into:

  • Whether the attorney offers a free consultation
  • The approximate total cost for handling your matter
  • Whether fees can be negotiated or if a payment plan is offered
  • The attorney’s amount of time practicing
  • The attorney’s handling of cases similar to yours
  • An honest opinion as to the possible outcome of your case
  • Who will be handling your case
  • The type of information you need to bring to your first consultation

Make a list of all the questions or concerns you want to ask the attorney and bring them with you to your first consultation. Take notes of the attorney’s answers or suggestions.

Make Your Choice

Once you have met with your family law attorney candidates and done your research on them, you should be able to make a decision as to which attorney you will hire. Choose an attorney who makes you feel comfortable, who answers your questions in a way you understand. Address any concerns or doubts to your attorney and be sure you are both on the same page. Avoid any attorney who has solicited your business or who suggests anything unethical, such as a “guaranteed result.” Nothing in life is guaranteed. The right attorney will not pressure you into hiring him/her, and he/she will not hesitate to give you any references or credentials you request on the attorney’s experience.

Here at Lauriston Law our mission is to provide effective, quality service to help deliver successful outcomes through hard work and dedication to our clients’ cause. Let us help you, contact us today, our staff is multi-lingual and diverse to meet the needs of the South Florida community.

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The State of Same Sex Adoption

How marriage rights influenced an easier adoption process in Florida.

Same Sex Adoption Ft. Lauderdale, FLOn January 6, 2015, the right for same sex couples to marry took effect statewide in Florida. Since then, thousands of couples have been celebrating their chance to take the ultimate step of utter love and commitment: marriage. Finally, the time has come for same sex couples in Florida to declare their official love by “taking the plunge”, committing to their partner by law and enjoying all of the benefits heterosexual marriages have been enjoying for centuries (as well as the protection the law provides in case of a divorce). However, how far has the State of Florida come when it comes to recognizing the rights of same-sex couples in addition to legalizing same sex marriage? Does this mean same sex couples are now free to adopt a child together?


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Divorce with Power

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Going through a divorce? What you need to be doing immediately.

So you’re going through a divorce….. Never did you imagine that you’d be going down this road. You thought that it would last forever. You may be overwhelmed with emotions. When the unexpected becomes your reality, when counseling hasn’t seemed to help, sometimes getting a divorce is your only option. When considering whether to get a divorce, it is especially important to take your time in making your decision to ensure that this is really the best decision for YOU. If it is you need to be ensured you have divorce with power.


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Current Child Support Not Working?

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How to Go About a Child Support Modification

You love your children, and you want to do your best to support them financially, even when you are no longer with the other parent. However, due to many circumstances, such as health or financial difficulty, it often means that it is not feasible to continue with your current arrangement with the courts. It might be helpful to seek modification of the court order. Most of those who seek child support modifications aren’t “deadbeats” who do not want to pay. Rather, they are people who have fallen on hard times for some reason, such as the loss of a job. In those cases, it is a good idea to speak with an attorney about how you can go about getting a modification.


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What Do You Do When a Dog Bites You?

What Do You Do When a Dog Bites You? Ft. Lauderdale, FL

The Bark is Not Bigger Than the Bite 

Dog is man’s best friend, or so they say. However, that doesn’t mean that all dogs are lovable and sweet. Dogs can and do bite, and the bites can be quite severe. They can result in horrific injuries, and in some cases, even death. Dog bites can happen for a number of reasons, but we want to make sure that you are equipped to properly handle the aftermath in all cases. Leaving you with one question, what do you do when a dog bites you?

After the Bite

First, take care of the wound(s), whether they are superficial or serious. It’s always a good idea to visit a doctor, even for relatively small wounds, for a couple of reasons. Primarily, it will ensure your health. Even a bite that looks minor has the chance to become infected. In other cases, there could be damage to the muscle or nerves that might not show up right away. You may think that the initial bite is simply causing the pain and difficulty moving. However, it could be more serious, and you could have problems even after the wound heals. Going to a doctor will let you know the extent of the injuries, and it will be important when you are trying to prove your case against the dog’s owner. Be sure to take pictures of your injuries, document any witness names, telephone numbers and any other helpful evidence you have at your disposal. You should also contact animal control and the police department in your area as soon as possible so they can begin an investigation.

The Law

Did you know that the owner of any dog that bites any person while that person is in a public place, or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the dog’s owner, is liable for damages suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog?

Unless we’re dealing with a child under 6 years of age, or unless the dog owner is not otherwise negligent by act or omission at the time of the injury, the owner is not liable if they displayed a clearly visible and easy to read “bad dog” sign on his or her property. So if you own a dog, consider placing a clear and visible “bad dog” sign on our property.

Talking With an Attorney

Once you tend to the injuries, one of the next things you need to do is to speak with an attorney. Even if you know the dog owner, it is very important that you speak with an attorney about what to do so that you get the justice that you deserve, as well as compensation for your injuries. It also ensures that the dog owner is held responsible for the actions of his or her dog. If the dog is a danger, let’s ensure that no one else becomes a victim of the animal.

Hiring a Private Investigator

In some cases, it might be a good idea to hire a private investigator (PI), to help with the case. Often, you will find that investigators work with attorneys for just this purpose. When you have a PI on the case, they will be able to handle much of the “footwork” needed when it comes to the evidence you need.

A PI will interview any witnesses to the incident, so that they can get a full picture of what happened. They will also speak with neighbors in the area to try to get a better idea of exactly what type or temperament the animal has. This could help to show that the dog already displayed dangerous and aggressive qualities, or that the owner was negligent when it came to controlling the animal.

The investigators will likely speak with some of the local animal control officers as well. This can let them know if there have been any issues or complaints about the owner and their animals. For example, they may have already been cited for having a “dog at large”, which simply means a dog that’s gotten out of the property.

Investigators will likely take pictures of the animal as well. In many cases, the animal will have to spend time at the local animal shelter. The dogs go to the shelter after biting so they can be kept in isolation and examined by a vet to help determine the health of the dog. The pictures taken can serve as evidence as to the size of the dog, and the potential strength that it could have. They will also take photos of the area where the bite occurred.

An attorney and investigator can be instrumental to your case. Make sure you hire someone as soon as you can after the attack so they can start gathering the evidence you need. If you are in need of a personal injury attorney, click here to contact us.

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