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I recently completely my preliminary divorce agreement with

a mediator/divorce attorney. In...
I recently completely my preliminary divorce agreement with a mediator/divorce attorney. In going through this process i learned that this particular mediator was quite dishonest about his fees. Therefore we (my soon-to-be ex-husband and I) are seeking new legal assistance to complete our divorce process, as we no longer wish to work with our current attorney.

What type of attorney should I be looking up for this?
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Hello friend. My name is XXXXX XXXXX welcome to JustAnswer. Please note: (1) this is general information only, not legal advice, and, (2) there may be a slight delay between your follow ups and my replies.

I am very sorry for your situation.

What type of attorney should I be looking up for this?

A family law attorney. May I recommend the NJ Bar referral program by county - here. The attorneys are vetted and qualified. You should be able to find an attorney you are confident with and whom you can trust, and who is available ASAP.

You can "vet" the attorney by asking the following questions:

-have you handled matters like these before?
-what is your fee and can we have this in writing?
-how fast do you feel this matter shall end?
-what do you require from us to begin this matter?
-what is the worst case scenario here?

It is recommended that you talk to at least 3-4 attorneys before making a decision on one that you prefer. Best of luck!

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Customer reply replied 4 years ago

Hi Ely, thanks very much.


How can I be certain that the lawyer I am referred through the NJ Bar Referral Program will be good and their fees will be legitimate?

Friend,

Hi Ely, thanks very much.

You are quite welcome.

How can I be certain that the lawyer I am referred through the NJ Bar Referral Program will be good and their fees will be legitimate?

Attorneys that are on a state or county -sponsored referral program are normally vetted ahead of time by the bars to ensure a minimum amount of experience and reasonable fees - that is the good thing about them! Now of course an attorney can do whatever they want and charge a higher fee, but this is why it is recommended to get several attorney quotes. Another tip - if the attorney demands to charge you a "consultation fee" before even discussing anything, it is best to seek others.

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Customer reply replied 4 years ago


ok, thank you kindly.

You are very welcome. Good luck, and please don't forget to rate my answer in one of top three faces and then SUBMIT – it is the only way I get credit for my time with you – or, please REPLY to keep on chatting – I want you to be satisfied.
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