There are a number of factors that a client may use in choosing an Orange
County divorce attorney. He or she may decide on a lawyer based on the
reputation, the strength of the lawyer’s firm in a particular area
of practice, or the trust that he or she establishes in an initial planning
meeting for the client’s case. However, the value of all of these
traits is lessened if the lawyer is not accessible when the client needs
him or her.
Through the process of divorce, clients need to get in touch with their
lawyers for a variety of reasons:
- They have pressing questions that have come up during the divorce and the
next scheduled meeting with the attorney is not due to take place for
- The opposing lawyer or the client’s spouse may make contact directly
with new information or a settlement offer.
- Other important issues, such as child custody or property division, may
change and require a swift response.
As a client, you may be disappointed to find that your attorney does not
respond quickly to your questions and concerns, whether you are trying
to connect by telephone, email, or text.
To be fair, there are good reasons that you may be delayed in getting the
information you want. Some of these reasons actually benefit you. For
example, those who hire an Orange County divorce attorney should be aware
of the fee structure they will pay. If you are being charged per hour
of time that a lawyer spends on your case, each call, email, or text may
count towards that fee. Your attorney may receive your question and decide
that the answer can wait until the next scheduled meeting, which will
save you money in the long run.
However, there are other, less comforting reasons you may not hear back
from your divorce lawyer. Orange County attorneys can become loaded down
with casework. If they practice in a large firm, they may be assigned
to a number of clients at a time. As a result, your lawyer may not be
prioritizing your case or paying attention to the details in a way that
will get help you reach a fair and equitable settlement.
Orange County divorce attorney Douglas McKeague considers accessibility
a key component of the client relationship. He encourages those with questions
or concerns to contact him directly, and he rarely charges for this time.
Light-weight questions, which can be answered with a brief response, can
be texted to him. With more complex issues, clients can email Douglas.
Finally, if a call is necessary, clients can take comfort in knowing they
have access to Doug via his mobile phone number. As a result of Doug’s
accessibility, clients save time, get information when they need it, and
do not waste hours on in-person meetings.