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Being involved in a family law issue can be overwhelming and incredibly emotional. . . but it doesn’t have to be. Keep reading here to get the answers to your most frequently asked questions about family law attorneys.
The area of family law can be as broad or as narrow as family lawyers want. Some Las Vegas attorneys limit their family law practice to only divorce cases or only custody matters. Other lawyers may practice in a wide range of areas that involve their client’s family.
In general, family law lawyers handle a wide variety of issues related to a person’s family. This can include issues related to spouses such as divorce or legal separation. It can also include matters related to children such as adoption, guardianship and CPS cases. Some family law attorneys also handle cases involving their own parents or aging family members such as estate planning, adult guardianship and grandparent visitation rights.
Almost every type of family law case involves lots of paperwork that must be prepared and filed with a family court judge. This is true whether the case is a divorce or an adoption. In addition to preparing the appropriate paperwork, most family law attorneys will appear in court and make arguments on behalf of their client.
In Nevada, there are no court appointed attorneys for family law matters with the small exception of cases where children have been removed by Child Protective Services. If you have a run of the mill divorce or child custody case, the Court will not appoint an attorney for you. You must hire your own lawyer or represent yourself.
If you cannot afford to hire a lawyer, you have several options.
First the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada offers pro bono lawyers for those individuals who can qualify for a pro bono attorney. The Legal Aid Center sets their own standards for who can get a pro bono lawyer so it is best to contact Legal Aid directly.
If you don’t qualify for a Legal Aid attorney or a pro bono lawyer, you have the option to complete the paperwork on your own and represent yourself in Court. Almost all of the paperwork for any type of family law case is available through the Clark County Self Help website. You can also get the paperwork by going to the family court at 601 N Pecos Road, Las Vegas, Nevada.
The family court also offers the Ask-A-Lawyer program every Thursday. The Ask-A-Lawyer program allows litigants with family court questions to meet with a lawyer for free about 15 minutes to ask questions and get assistance with paperwork. The Ask-A-Lawyer program operates on a first come, first serve basis. For more information about the Ask-A-Lawyer program follow the link here.
As a litigant you also have the option of hiring a paralegal to assist with your paperwork. Paralegals are often far less expensive than attorneys. BEWARE: Paralegals cannot offer legal advice! There are no set standard in Nevada for someone to call themselves a paralegal – you should check the qualifications of the paralegal before giving them any money. For more information about hiring a paralegal for your family court case click here.
Another option is to hire an unbundled family law lawyer. Unbundled attorneys can represent you for one part or a few parts of your case. For example, you can complete and file all of the paperwork on your own but you want a lawyer to speak for you at your motion hearing. You can hire an unbundled attorney who will appear for you in court and make arguments on your behalf. Usually, unbundled attorneys charge a few hundred dollars to just make a court appearance.
We know that being involved in a family law matter can be overwhelming. Our attorneys have over 20 years of combined experience in family law and over 200 family law trials. If you need help with a family law matter, call us today at (702) 433-2889 or fill out our on-line form for more information.
If you are involved in a contested family court case, you should expect to make at least two court appearances which include a Case Management Conference and a Trial. For really contested cases, a motion hearing, or even several motion hearings might be necessary.
The Case Management Conference is usually scheduled about 30 to 60 days after your case is filed. At the Case Management Conference the judge will want to know if any issues are resolved and what issues remain unresolved. The judge will want to know how long you will need to conduct discovery and when your trial should be scheduled. The judge might also make temporary orders involving child support, child custody and alimony. Usually, the Case Management Conference only lasts 15 to 20 minutes. To be best prepared for this hearing, make sure your financial disclosure form is filed and up to date and that your lawyer has filed your initial list of witnesses and exhibits.
A motion is a written request to your family court judge to make decisions about specific issues in your case. This could include temporary alimony or child support or having a judge decide on temporary legal custody and visitation until your case gets to a trial. During the hearing on your motion, the judge will listen to arguments from your attorney and your ex’s attorney. The judge might even ask you and your ex questions and then judge will make a decision. A motion hearing IS NOT the same thing as a trial. Motion hearings usually only last an hour or less and is usually limited to the arguments you made in your written documents. To best prepare for your motion hearing, dress neat, be on time, be respectful to your ex and the judge, prepare for the hearing with your attorney and DO NOT bring your children.
A trial is the time for the judge to take testimony, look at your evidence and make a final decision about your family court case. Trials often take months of preparation and are usually pretty costly. Most trials only last a day or two, but there have been instances where family court trials can drag on for days or even weeks. If you have a family court case that is headed to a trial, we strongly suggest consulting with an experienced family law attorney.
There are many tips we could offer to help you maximize your dollars when hiring a family law attorney. But we’ve decided to cut it down to just a few.
Tell your attorney the truth about everything. Keeping your secrets from your attorney is not only financially more costly, but it could also cost you your divorce or custody case. Any potentially damaging evidence needs to be shared with your lawyer as soon as possible.
Keep your appointments with your lawyer. Most lawyers work on an “appointment only” basis, similar to a doctor’s office. Your lawyer might be up against a deadline and cancelling an appointment could leave your attorney without information or unable to be fully prepared for Court. Also, keeping your appointments shows your lawyer that the case matters to you and that you care enough to show up. Finally, chances are that if you don’t show to an appointment, and don’t cancel ahead of time, the lawyer might bill you for the time anyway.
Be patient with your lawyer when it comes to returning calls and emails. In today’s culture, people expect instant responses but for family law attorneys this may not always be possible. Your lawyer might be in Court arguing in front of a judge and unable to return your call. Your lawyer might also be in a meeting with another client and unable to respond immediately. The best way to ensure your lawyer has the time to answer your questions is to schedule a telephone conference or face-to-face meeting. Chances are this will maximize your time and money.
Listen to your family law attorney. Everyone knows someone who has been to family court and usually that someone has lots of advice. Sadly, most of the time, their legal advice is wrong. Think of it this way . . . your friend may have had 1 or 2 cases in family court, but your lawyer has probably had thousands of cases. Your friends and family mean well, no doubt. But you are the one paying a lawyer for their advice based on their experience.
Pay your lawyer’s bill. We’d love to sugar coat it but paying your lawyer’s bill on-time is the surest way to get the most for your money. Generally, a lawyer with an unpaid bill assumes that your case is not important to you or that you want something for nothing. Now don’t get us wrong. We understand that life happens and lawyers are expensive. If you can’t pay your lawyers bill in full when payment is due, talk to your attorney and work out a payment arrangement. Most lawyers will understand and work with you. Ghosting your lawyer? Chances are your case is moving down on their priority list.