Choosing A Florida Family Law & Divorce Attorney
At Sandra Bonfiglio, P.A., we understand that choosing the right lawyer to handle your divorce can be stressful and overwhelming. We suggest considering the following three factors to select the family law attorney who is best for you and your case: (1) credentials, (2) approach, and (3) working relationship.
First of all, it is important to hire a lawyer who has demonstrated expertise in the area of family law, including divorce, custody, alimony and property division issues. Look for an attorney who focuses on family law, rather than a general practitioner. The lawyer should have at least five to 10 years of experience, and he or she should be a member of one or more professional associations that require a high degree of competency in order to become a member. He or she should also be recognized by his or her peers as an authority on family law.
Sandra Bonfiglio has been licensed to practice law in Florida for over a decade, and has devoted her legal career to family law. She established her own firm to focus on family law in 2001. She is an active member of the Family Law Sections of the Florida State Bar Association and the Broward County Bar Association. She has also taught as an adjunct professor of law at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, and served as supervising attorney for the school’s family and civil law clinic.
It is important to consider how the lawyer will approach your case and you as a client. During your first interview, ask yourself: “Will this attorney be aggressive or laid-back?” “Will he or she prioritize the issues that I think are the most important?” “Will he or she work to be cost-effective when handling my case?” Also find out if the lawyer’s approach is client friendly. For example, does he or she emphasize returning phone calls promptly and keeping clients informed? You should also ask about fees, including what is the retainer and hourly rate, and find out if other lawyers will be working on your case.
When it comes to family law matters, a close working relationship between you and your lawyer is essential. You should have frequent contact with your attorney as your case progresses, including telephone calls, emails and office meetings. You should feel comfortable confiding in your lawyer, trusting that anything you tell him or her is privileged and cannot be repeated. Your lawyer must understand your needs and goals, as well as how you want your case to be handled.
Talk to an Experienced, Compassionate Family Law Attorney in Florida
You and your lawyer should be a good fit—you need to be able to work together and trust one another. To learn more about the credentials, approach and working relationship provided by Sandra Bonfiglio, P.A., please contact our offices in Fort Lauderdale. There is no obligation and the first 15 minutes of your one-on-one consultation are free.