The city of Scottsdale, Arizona has a justifiable reputation as one of the most expensive places in the United States in which to live. The sight of pampered trophy wives encased in high-priced designer clothing, boasting surgically enhanced faces and bodies shopping in expensive clothing and jewelry stores is a common one, even in the current financially battered economy. And along with these expensive wives, Scottsdale has a reputation for expensive divorce settlements when husbands shed their trophy wives for younger, prettier models, or the trophy wives decide they've had enough of their older spouses and want to ditch them to go have some fun with their ex-husband's money. Yet, despite this reputation for excess and wild extravagance, it is possible to find an affordable divorce in Scottsdale if that regrettable situation does come to pass.
The best way to find a good, affordable divorce attorney is to check with your friends who've gone through it. As the old saying goes, word of mouth is the best advertising. Personally, I am leery of those that advertise a lot on television or through blanketing the Internet and the print media with their ads. Advertising is expensive and I'm assuming that attorneys who do a lot of advertising will certainly pass on the costs of their ads to their clients. Besides, if a law firm or a lawyer who's in private practice has a good reputation, he or she almost doesn't need to advertise. An excellent reputation is the best advertising, especially for lawyers, in a profession that doesn't generally enjoy such a high reputation with the general public. So if a particular firm is well thought of by the public and former clients, that speaks volumes about that lawyer's work.
Being a divorce attorney requires a particular type of personality, too, composed of equal parts compassion, pragmatism, and toughness. A good one understands how traumatic a divorce can be to individuals and families, especially to any children who are involved. If you can find an experienced, ethical, hard-working person to attend to your situation, then you're halfway home. An honorable attorney won't try to gouge you with high rates and try to nickel and dime you for every extra piece of advice or paperwork they have to prepare for.
The best professionals are up front about what their services will cost, and try to stick to the original estimate given, barring any additional unexpected expenses, of course. So, in addition to their reputation for successfully representing clients in these proceedings, I would also look at how much advertising this firm does, where their office is located, and so on. Remember, if they have offices in an expensive building or have a lot of glitzy furniture and art, the chances are good that the expense of these items will always be passed on to the clients. Of course you don't want one who works out of some shabby strip mall furnished with Goodwill castoff furniture because that says something about their reputation as well. It's often a good rule of thumb to avoid retaining council whose offices are flashy and expensive-looking and instead check with the local bar association about the reputation of the firm you're thinking of retaining.
A fool and his money are soon parted, as the saying goes, and you don't want to spend more of your money than you absolutely have to. You want a solid, dependable, ethical professional representing your interests. Utilizing the resources at hand will help you in the long run. Just a simple Google search will pull up information on prospective representation, and could aide in your search. While this time is a tough one, make it easier for yourself by doing your research to make an affordable divorce in Scottsdale happen.
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