At the Law Offices of Rosaline L. Zukerman, we represent good people who are facing life challenges. Whether you are dealing with divorce, support, harassment, spousal abuse, or a host of other challenges that have the potential to negatively impact your and your family's life - you are dealing with complex issues that should be addressed by an experienced attorney. During these times of emotional stress, you need someone in your corner whom you can trust, who prioritizes your needs, and who is responsive.
An attorney is one who should ideally be found through referral. A friend who has gone through similar challenges might refer you to a trusted attorney who successfully represented their case in mediation or in court. Talk to friends and family. Ask about attorneys they would recommend or avoid. Contact attorneys you have worked with before and felt confident about. Inquire whether they handle your type of case. If they do not, ask for a referral to an attorney who does. Be honest about your situation.
Almost all of our business is based on referrals, and we are extremely proud of that.
During the initial interview process where we get to know each other, we'll discuss your situation and expectations. We want to know all the details that influence your case and will ultimately guide our approach to dealing successfully with your legal challenges.
Simply put, our approach is to avoid costly litigation. We pride ourselves on a 95% settlement rate. That not only avoids a contentious legal battle, but it avoids the monetary and physical toll on a family from which it is hard to recover.
Before you select any attorney, here are some helpful hints we've gathered:
Make a list of what you are looking for in an attorney. Do you prefer to work with a male or female lawyer? Young or old? Do you want someone who will work to settle your case or someone who will fight to the end? Will you be charged for phone calls to the lawyer? Is your divorce case in another county other than where the lawyer has his or her office? If so, will they charge for travel time?
Some lawyers offer free initial consultations. It might be wise to meet with a few attorneys offering a free appointment, just to get an idea of how different lawyers work and how they would approach your case. See if the attorney and you are the right 'fit'. You must feel comfortable with your counselor.
Find out the answers to the following questions when you meet with any attorney. What will the fee be? What costs will you be expected to pay, such as copying, faxing and postage. What kind of outcome does he or she expect? Where is your lawyer licensed to practice law? How quickly are phone calls returned? If the attorney is not in the office, is there someone else who can handle emergencies and urgent questions, should the need arise?
Look around the office when you are there. Is there a receptionist, and is he or she pleasant? You will be dealing with this person a lot, so make sure he or she is helpful. Does the office seem professional? Is it disorganized? Is it overly busy?
Find out how experienced each attorney is by asking how many divorce cases he or she has handled. If minor children or a large amount of assets are at stake in your case, and there is a potential for disagreement between you and your spouse how to resolve distribution, custody, etc., it is extremely important to know if the lawyers have experience handling contested cases. It is also important to know how well your lawyer knows about judges in the court where your case will be filed.
Request references. If you were not referred to the attorney by someone you know and trust, ask for the names of past or current clients you may call for references. The attorney will be able to give you this information only with the clients' consent. Many attorneys may be insulted by this request, but you wouldn't hire a babysitter without references, so why would you hire any attorney without them? Another place to check up on a lawyer is by checking your State Bar Association's website to see if there have been any disciplinary proceedings against him or her.