As an OC divorce lawyer, Douglas McKeague understands the concerns that
his clients have going into the proceedings. Dissolution of marriage presents
a variety of challenges. Those who hire a lawyer are relying on that person’s
professional counsel to resolve legal disputes that may arise. At the
same time, they need guidance in what to expect along the way.
Those going through a divorce will typically focus on the outcome of the
settlement or the trial. They may measure success by factors such as the
division of property, the establishment of spousal support, and the decision
on child custody. In other words, they believe that success is a summation
of what they “got” and what they had to “give up.”
A good OC divorce lawyer will focus on these issues as well. After all,
it is important that a client receives a settlement that resolves his
or her concerns and that guards the client against future disputes. However,
the settlement—or, in some cases, the court’s judgment—will
not tell the whole story. It also will not calculate the whole cost.
This is because the process of negotiating a settlement or going to trial
can drain both parties emotionally and financially. Ongoing debate, hours
of time lost in conferences that never progress forward, and anxiety over
when and how final decisions will be reached: all of these issues are
an unfortunate reality of some divorce proceedings.
The right legal counsel can make a difference. Douglas McKeague’s
approach as an OC divorce attorney is to minimize the emotional and financial
impact of legal proceedings. His aim is to have clients conclude the process
of working together with the knowledge that he had their best interest
in mind inside and out of the courtroom.
From a financial standpoint, this means that Douglas rarely charges for
quick consultations by text, email, or mobile phone. His stance is that
providing answers to client questions builds a relationship of trust.
In return, clients give him the room to operate on their behalf and to
help achieve their goals. Douglas also provides clients with options for
saving money by allowing them to handle certain aspects of research or
administration that do not require the legal expertise of an OC divorce lawyer.
Beyond the financial considerations, Douglas helps clients develop reasonable
expectations for the divorce proceedings. He works with them to establish
wants and needs for the final settlement, and he pushes for collaboration
between the parties so that both can avoid a risky and costly trial. As
a result of the respect that clients develop for Douglas, many return
to him for help on modifications and other family law needs. The ongoing
faith these clients have in his work is the reason for his success during
the nearly thirty years he has practiced as an attorney.