Common sense, key to being a good family lawyer

The first thing that most marriages that are in crisis and decide to shelve their relationship do is go to Google, before any other place, to get an idea of ​​their rights and obligations. As is logical, there will be an infinite number of results; pages and pages in which to ‘dive’ to try to answer questions ranging from the most basic to the most convoluted.

The next step is to find a family lawyer. In Google, the search terms of this type are usually “how to find a good family lawyer”, “how to find the best family lawyer in the province of …” But what requirements should a good family lawyer have? According to my experience, the two fundamental requirements that every good family lawyer must meet are:

  • Being very specialized is this area of ​​law
  • Have a lot of common sense

In addition to meeting these two requirements, other hallmarks that indicate that we have chosen a good family lawyer are flexibility, customer service, experience and good practice in the courts.

Obviously, having common sense is a basic requirement for any profession. However, it is even more fundamental in situations of marital crisis, since it would be possible to reach many agreements that would avoid lawsuits if the family lawyers themselves applied it more often in the exercise of our profession.

From my experience as a family lawyer I can affirm that being part of a large office, or a well-known one, does not mean being the “best lawyer”. This does not mean that there are excellent family lawyers who are owners of large offices, as well as there are  great family lawyers who practice on their own, with an impeccable knowledge of the subject, with a great common sense and , also important, with a great proximity .

The best family lawyer is one who, applying common sense and extensive knowledge, initially tries to resolve the situation through an agreement. It is true that the client is the one with the last word, but the duty of a good family lawyer is to advise and make his client see that he is wrong, when he is.

The problem comes when the one who has common sense is the client and the lawyer lacks it. If this factor is added to the lack of specialization in the matter, the result will be years and years of judicial war with a disproportionate and unnecessary economic expense.