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Hiring a Family Law Attorney

Hiring a Family Law Attorney

Criminal law and family law are two extremely different fields, requiring drastically different approaches. If you are looking for a family law attorney in Kutztown, the professionals at Dutko Law can help. If you are hiring a family lawyer, chances are that things are already probably getting pretty hectic in your life. Whether you are talking about divorce, custody, or other family matters, familial legal disputes tend to get tensions running high. If you are looking at hiring a family law attorney, make sure to include these questions in your vetting.


While getting a law degree and passing the bar is no small feat, you still want a legal representative in your corner with experience. There are just some things that have to be learned on the job, not in a classroom. Here are some questions that can help you root out an experienced lawyer.

  • “Do you specialize in family law?” — As we mentioned, family and criminal law are two completely separate fields. There isn’t as much overlap as you might think, so make sure that your lawyer specialized specifically in family law.
  • “How long have you been practicing law?” — Straight to the point, there is no substitute for experience. Get a bead on your lawyers by asking them flat out how long they have been practicing law. You’re not necessarily just going for the oldest practicing lawyer, but you don’t want somebody green out the gate either.
  • “How can you help my case uniquely?” — This is a fishing question. Obviously, if you knew the right answer you probably wouldn’t need a lawyer. However, your attorneys answer may give you a clue as to their aptitude, as well as to their strategy for approaching your case.


Technically, lawyers are still running a business. It is a different kind of business, but like all businesses, it can’t stretch its resources too thin. Make sure your lawyer has all the resources necessary to tackle your case with the following questions:

  • “Are you personally going to be handling my case?” — Right off the bat, you want to know if the person you are talking to is even going to be the one handling your case. If not, ask to speak with the person who will.
  • “Do you have the time and resources to fully devote yourself to my case?” — By asking this upfront, you will set an expectation regarding the level of service you expect. If you are not fully convinced by your lawyer’s answer, it may be a good idea to start the search again.


An open communication line is an absolute necessity if your lawyer is going to effectively represent you. That means a two way line should effectively always be open.

  • “How often will you report on the progress of my case?” — On top of keeping you updated on your case, regular progress reports help you and your lawyer identify problem areas in your representation.
  • “How will we get in touch?” — Make sure to get a couple avenues of contact. Email and phone number are a good way to ensure you can reach your attorney in the case of time sensitive information.

Hopefully these tips will help you in your decision you hire an attorney. If you are hiring a family law attorney in Kutztown or the surrounding areas, trust the reputable professionals here at Dutko Law. Please feel free to give us a call if you have any questions about our credentials, family law, criminal law, or business law services. One of our friendly and knowledgeable representatives will be happy to provide any answers that you may need.