Arizona Divorce Attorneys | Hildebrand Law, PC
When you are facing the legal challenges of a divorce or family law case along with the strong emotions that are inherently a part of a divorce, you need to have an experienced divorce attorney to protect what is most important to you. You need someone who understands how to navigate you through the complex legal issues. You need someone who will protect what is in your best interest and the best interest of your children.
The attorneys at Hildebrand Law, PC have devoted their practice to only divorce and family law cases. Our dedication and single focus on family law enable our divorce and family law attorneys to be among the best divorce and family law attorneys handling divorce, legal separation, paternity, child custody, spousal maintenance, child support, and other family law cases.
It does not matter what you are going through; we will get you through it!
What You Need to Know About Hiring a Divorce Attorney
Many people searching for Arizona divorce attorneys are unsure what questions they should ask. They are unsure what information they should be looking for to hire the best attorney for their case.
Knowing how to find a good divorce attorney is understandable as most people experience hiring an attorney for the first time because of a divorce or legal separation. Our divorce attorneys work hard to make the process of hiring a family law attorney easy.
There are many things you should be considering when hiring an attorney for your divorce. One of the more critical is how long the attorney has practiced divorce and family law. Finding an attorney with extensive experience can make a difference in your case.
We are going to provide you with a step by step guide on how to evaluate attorneys in Arizona to ensure you hire the best attorney for your family law case. Specifically, we are going to show you what to look for from your first call to a family law attorney in Arizona through your consultation.
Chris Hildebrand | Attorney
Chris Hildebrand has practiced divorce and family law in Arizona for more than twenty years. Other divorce attorneys regularly ask Chris about the interpretation and application of divorce laws in their cases.
Kip Micuda | Attorney
Kip Micuda has been practicing divorce and estate planning in Arizona for over twenty years. Kip has been regularly called upon to participate in numerous law-related committees and he been representing clients in divorce and family law cases.
Mark Robens | Attorney
Mark Robens has been a divorce and family law attorney for over thirty years. Mark represents clients in high asset and complex divorce cases. Mark has been called upon by professional athletes and well-known musicians to represent.
Michael Clancy | Attorney
Michael joined Hildebrand Law, PC after leaving a large Phoenix law firm seeking to associate with a more boutique law firm at Hildebrand Law, PC. Michael. Michael has been representing clients.
Kent Millward | Attorney
Kent joined the Firm at the beginning of 2017 and practices in the areas of divorce and family law. Kent brings his many years of experience as a prior business analyst and as an attorney.
What to Look for During Your First Phone Call
Divorce is a frustrating process by nature. It is imperative your case is not made more difficult because of a lack of communication with your attorney.
You will gain insight into how a divorce law firm will treat you from your first telephone. So, you want to evaluate how the law firm handles your first call to the office.
Were you placed on hold for a long time? Were you told someone would need to call you back? These are signs the law firm you are calling has not made communicating with clients a priority.
It could also mean the lawyer lacks sufficient support staff to handle something as easy as speaking to you about your case.
There are a lot of family law attorneys in Arizona, but there are very few attorneys in Arizona who operate their law practice as a successful business.
Few of the attorneys whom we come across know much about how to operate a successful law practice.
They are almost always understaffed, overworked, and unable to give any case the attention it deserves.
Having inadequate support staff leads to mistakes, sloppy work, and dissatisfied clients. You should treat your first phone call as the best experience you may expect from that law firm.
The best family law firms know that the quest for being the best never ends. Stated differently, the best divorce attorneys never stop searching for ways to be better.
You also want to evaluate whether the person speaking to you is asking intelligent questions about your case. Good attorneys and their staff have a genuine interest in learning the details of your case. A good attorney will also evaluate whether they believe they will a good fit for your situation.
The best attorneys have plenty of business to keep them busy. That steady flow of clients eager to hire them provides them with the ability to decline to take cases they believe are going to end with a bad result.
They understand that not everyone who hires a lawyer does so intending to be reasonable. Bad attorneys, on the other hand, are continually looking to bring on new clients and, likewise, do not care if you have a good case or a bad case. They want more clients and, therefore, are less likely to ask you many questions, and they will agree to everything you want in the divorce. Having a divorce lawyer agree with everything you want may make you feel good, but that feeling will quickly fade after you hire that attorney.
Some people searching for a divorce lawyer ask for a free consultation. There may be many reasons people seeking to hire a divorce attorney ask for a free consultation. Those seeking a free divorce consultation should know that, as a general rule, your best divorce lawyers will not offer a free consultation.
The money you save by not paying for a consultation with an attorney can cost you much more if the attorney you hire makes costly mistakes on your case.
Law Office Appearance and Staff
As with any organization, the structure of the law firm’s operations is an often overlooked consideration when hiring an attorney. Overlooking the structure of a law firm and its staff is unfortunate. You can tell whether you are dealing with a good family law lawyer by the structure of their office.
It should be intuitive that a good attorney generates enough clients to afford the ability to hire and retain high-quality support staff, whereas a bad attorney does not. You should ask the attorney you are interviewing about the support staff he or she has to ensure the efficient management of your case.
A good divorce law firm will have, in addition to attorneys, an office manager, paralegals, and legal assistants. These people are necessary to complete the orderly management of the tasks in your case. They also bill at a much lower hourly rate than the attorney handling your case so that you can expect some cost savings as well.
Fewer costs and more support for the handling of your case is a great indication you have found an excellent attorney to handle your family law case.
Extensive Legal Experience Makes a Huge Difference
A diligent attorney is well versed in divorce laws, the process of divorce, and, most importantly, understand the correct strategies to implement in your divorce.
If you want to trip up an inexperienced attorney, ask them to explain the law that applies to the divorce, child custody, child support, spousal maintenance, domestic violence, and community property issues in your case.
If you hear a generalized answer to your questions, run. Run as fast as you can. An experienced attorney will be able to cite the statutes and appellate decisions that apply to your case. An experienced family law attorney will explain how the law applies to your situation and will share some strategies to protect your interests.
The best attorneys spend endless hours reading all of the newest (and oldest) cases from the court of appeals in Arizona. Understanding new developments in the law ensure they have an arsenal of information on how a court is to address specific issues in a divorce case.
We use that information to create effective strategies to win cases for our clients and to steer clients away from a disaster from taking the wrong approach in a case.
A bad attorney will nod their head in agreement with everything you say you want. An experienced attorney will tell you what you can realistically achieve in your divorce. A good lawyer will also sometimes tell you what you may not want to hear.
What to Ask Your Divorce Lawyer at Your Consultation
When you meet your divorce lawyer, Phoenix, AZ, relies upon, you may want to have a few questions to ask to learn more about how the lawyer works. Some of these issues include:
- How many divorces cases have you tried?
- What’s been your experience with divorces in which children are involved?
- How do you feel about divorce? Are there other options available to me such as mediation or dispute resolution?
- How much will my divorce cost?
- How much work do you handle and how much do you delegate to your team?
Having clear expectations when you hire a lawyer may be one of the most important things you can do to make the case more successful.
Going through a divorce may be a long and emotional process in which you may want the help of someone from outside of your family and friends to help you navigate.
A divorce lawyer is an objective party that may be able to help you make hard decisions and determine what you want from the dissolution of the marriage.
The Difference Our Arizona Divorce Lawyers Make
The attorneys at Hildebrand Law, PC focus on divorce and family law cases. That focus allows our Phoenix Arizona and Scottsdale, Arizona divorce lawyers to get our clients the best outcomes in their divorce cases. We achieve good results, whether that occurs through divorce mediation or taking your case to trial.
When your marriage is coming to an end, and you need to dissolve your marriage, you need a dedicated group of professionals protecting you.
Our law firm has received multiple awards including being voted “Best of the Valley” by Arizona Foothills magazine subscribers, U.S. News and World Reports best divorce attorneys, Phoenix Magazine Top divorce law firms, North Valley Magazine Top Divorce lawyers, Preeminent Divorce attorney from Martindale-Hubbell, Top 10 Divorce Attorneys from the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys and many others.
Our founder, Chris Hildebrand, has been a featured source for family law news in numerous articles including the Huffington Post, Attorney at Law magazine and Fatherly. The bottom line is we take divorce and family law seriously.
Exceptional Divorce Services
Our group uses a very organized and comprehensive approach for all of our clients’ cases. So, how are we different than other law firms? The answer is simple. Our attorneys have a caseload of about half of other Arizona family law attorneys.
We believe overloading a lawyer with 50 cases or more doesn’t allow an attorney to concentrate on their clients’ cases long enough to succeed.
However, our lawyers have more time to move faster and more thoroughly on a case because our lawyers have half the caseload found at other law firms. That is the Hildebrand Law difference!
“Our Clients’ Victories Form the Foundation Of Our Success.”
Christopher S. Hildebrand | Founder of Hildebrand Law, PC
A Better Approach to Divorce in Arizona
Our divorce lawyers are still busy. Our team of divorce professionals is as busy as any other family law firm in town. They spend that time mastering every client’s case. That means more one-on-one time with every one of our clients.
We spend that time going through not only the significant points in a case but the smaller details other lawyers otherwise miss. Other attorneys miss those important details because they are too busy moving onto the next case on their list. Our detailed approach and attention to the large and small aspects of our clients’ lives provide winning results.
We follow a very detailed procedure in every case. This approach puts you and your case in front of the line. You won’t have to wait to get your questions answered. You will understand the detailed case strategy we will use in your case from the very beginning of your family law matter.
You will also be directly involved in creating that strategy with the guidance and advice from our team of divorce professionals. And to make sure nothing goes wrong, our founder, Chris Hildebrand, oversees the case strategy of all Hildebrand Law, PC clients. Chris oversees every case to ensure your attorney is properly handling your case.
We represent clients in divorce, divorce mediation, legal separation, child custody, paternity cases, child support, spousal maintenance, the division of community property, business valuation in a divorce, child abuse cases, orders of protection, injunctions to prohibit harassment, high asset divorce, and high net worth divorces.
We have written extensively about family law. You can learn everything you need to know about family law in Arizona from our blog articles.
We have written so much about Arizona Court of Appeals decisions other attorneys ask our advice on case law to use in their cases.
What Does an Arizona Divorce Attorney Cost
The amount you will pay your attorney for a divorce can vary wildly. Some factors play a more significant role in what you may expect to pay our your lawyer. One factor is whether you and your spouse are reasonable and cooperative with each other and your attorneys.
Another factor is how reasonable and cooperative your lawyers are to each other. The more thoughtful and collaborative everyone is, the less your divorce will cost.
Another factor that directly affects how much you pay to get divorced is how complicated the issues are in your case. The more complicated your divorce, the more it will cost.
At Hildebrand Law, PC, a divorce can cost as little as $2,500.00 for an uncontested divorce to upwards of five to six figures in the most complicated and highly contentious cases.
We strive to provide you with a reasonable expectation of what you will pay to get a divorce in Arizona, but that estimate relies upon the case proceeding as we want for you.
If the case takes a turn, your estimated attorney fees will change with it. Unfortunately, you cannot deduct your attorney fees on your state and federal income tax returns.
If you own a business, you may be able to deduct your attorney fees incurred in dividing the value of that business in your case.
Know Your Options in Your Divorce
When you are facing the dissolution of your marriage, you have a lot of options. First, you need to decide who to hire to represent you in your divorce.
You should also evaluate the law firm where that attorney works to determine if their values align with what you are trying to accomplish. Finding a good attorney for your case is one of the most important decisions you will make.
Next, determine what your options are to settle your case. There are many ways to resolve a divorce in Arizona. You can resolve a divorce in an informal settlement conference. You can a more formal offer of settlement in writing. You can participate in private mediation with a trained mediator, or ask the judge to assign a mediator to your case. Talk to your lawyer about which option is best for you.
If the case is going to trial, find out all of the options you have to build the best case possible. You may need to decide if expert witnesses are necessary. You may explore legal methods your lawyer can use to obtain all of the evidence required to present to your judge. Once you understand how much each option will cost, you can then choose which options are right for you.
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Our founder, Chris Hildebrand, created the information on this page. Chris Hildebrand is a divorce attorney licensed by the Arizona Bar Association to practice law in Arizona. Chris Hildebrand has over twenty-four years and has written extensively on the area of divorce and family law.