When we go out to buy a luxury watch or an expensive hand bag, we often associate quality with the price. The most expensive products are deemed to be the most elusive and the most high quality ones. This thought process is often carried forward to the legal profession. Most clients or prospective clients associate the higher prices of divorce lawyers with their quality. In reality, this isn’t necessarily the case. The price of a lawyer is no measure of his or her effectiveness or ability in the field of law. There are other means that can be used as a measure of a lawyer’s ability.
Price and Quality
Associating the word best with the products, services or individuals that have the title of expensive attached to them is not the wisest thing to do. This dilemma isn’t only prevalent in the field of law, it is prevalent in all fields. In business strategies, the students are often taught a psychological pricing strategy. This strategy is based on the human belief of automatically associating price to quality irrespective of the reality.
While this phenomenon isn’t entirely wrong, the cheapest things and even if a lawyer is available at half the average rate of lawyers that has got to raise some red flags. The idea of getting what you pay for isn’t entirely wrong. Yet going to an expensive lawyer assuming that he/she is the best is also a flawed strategy. For example, confused on how to judge who are the best Orange County divorce lawyers? Here are three things you should consider in trying to determine the answer:
· Past Case Results
An divorce lawyer is only as good as the cases he or she has fought and their results. The types of cases, the number of cases and their levels of complexities are what will enable you to be able to judge the lawyers’ ability to handle your case. It is, however, a good tip for you to realize that all cases with similar facts don’t have the exact same result always.
· References of Clients
Similar to dining out in a restaurant, the people who have experienced the service are the best people to advise you on the quality and cost effectiveness of it. The greater the number of clients positively recommending certain lawyers, the greater the chance that these lawyers work towards the satisfaction of his/her clients.
· Consistent and Reasonable fee
There is no point in hiring a lawyer for a divorce case if you will end up paying them the compensation you receive for your divorce. A good divorce attorney is likely to do a cost-benefit analysis for the work they do on your case and let you make the decision on how best to proceed, and they should be willing to work towards a resolution in your case rather than stoke the flames of litigation when litigation is not necessary in a case.
While all these points are a good way for you to find the best Orange County divorce attorneys, a fact that’s worth considering is that not every lawyer is suitable for everyone. It is always advisable to get good quality lawyers that pride themselves in customer satisfaction.
Gerald A. Maggio is an experienced Orange County divorce and family law lawyer and family law attorney located in Irvine, California, serving the Orange County and Riverside areas. Mr. Maggio assists clients with legal issues including divorce, legal separation, divorce mediation, child custody, prenuptial agreements, stepparent adoptions, and other family law issues. Mr. Maggio has practiced law in California since 1999, and founded The Maggio Law Firm in 2005, focusing exclusively on divorce and family law matters.