Different contributor here. Please permit me to assist.
I am a member of the State Bar of California, the Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside Counties), the California and National Associations of Realtors, and I have comprehensive knowledge of California family law.
In my experience there are a few critical questions which can be used to determine the quality of a California family law attorney:
1. How many family law cases have you accepted during the past 12 months?
If the answer is less than 12, then the attorney is probably not in great demand. If the number is ***** than 36, then the attorney is probably handling too many cases, which means you may get poor service.
2. Of the cases that you have accepted during the past 12 months, how many of those clients have decided to discharge you before the case was completed?
Family law is infamous for clients firing their lawyer before the case is complete. Clients frequently have three or more attorneys during a case, because they believe they're being overcharged or that their attorney isn't winning the case. In truth, there are no winners in family law (except for the attorneys). But, client like to think that what they get from the judge is better than what their spouse gets -- so, they usually fire their attorney if the client thinks that the attorney isn't winning.
The point here is that if the attorney tells you that only a very small proportion of clients have fired him/her, then he's probably pretty good at managing his cases and providing good service for the money. In my view, that's the most important quality -- all things being equal.
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