The “Best Worst” Legal Advice for Divorce
A common issue that comes up with some clients is that the person we are helping will also be getting bad advice and information from several sources. The information they receive, while also being wrong (or only partially right) is also a source of frustration and confusion during a time that is already stressful.
Most people we work with realize this shortly after a their case is started and they see first hand the legal process. However, the following can help anyone in the beginning avoid a lot of stress, uncertainty and frustration when working with an attorney on a divorce or family law case.
In a divorce / family law case, do not take legal advice from your spouse’s / other party’s attorney (who cannot ethically act as your attorney also). It is almost always a bad idea – and we see many situations where a person is being given very bad information by their spouse’s / other party’s attorney.
In all legal matters, taking legal advice from your friends and family is almost always a bad idea. Unless your family members and friends are trained attorneys – you will almost certainly get bad advice from them; or at best – information that is only partially correct.
However, the “BEST WORST” legal advice you will likely ever get will be: From the other party telling you “what her/his attorney said.”
In summary, keep a cool head when in a case, filter your sources of information. Rely on the experts (experienced and trained attorneys) for legal advice and you will avoid much confusion and frustration.
As the old saying goes, “If you think it is expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur!”