Questions You Need To Ask Before Hiring A Divorce Attorney

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As you approach a divorce case, you must seek the help of a legal professional who will represent you in court especially if the case is not going smoothly. That said, it is important that you end up with a competent and reliable attorney so as to ensure the success of your case.

Since we want to make sure that you land with a great attorney, we encourage you to ask your prospective lawyers several important questions that might just help you make your decision on whether to hire them or not.

As we all know, choosing the right family law attorney in Jacksonville or in any other state is no easy job. Fortunately, these questions will serve as a guide in your selection process.

Ask These Questions

Have you handled a similar case?

It is important to know the competence of your prospective lawyer. If this lawyer has handled several cases similar to yours, this tells you about the experience of the lawyer. Most probably, this lawyer has an inkling of how things might work out.

Are you handling my case by yourself?

Determine if the lawyer will be handling your case alone. Some lawyers, especially if the case is quite complicated, collaborate with other lawyers in order to ensure that your case will not be compromised. Changes of the service fees might change along with this.

Can I talk to your previous clients?

Ask the prospective lawyer if you can get in touch with previous clients. Good lawyers will not hesitate in this request because they are not afraid of the feedback of their prior clients. However, the feedback or criticisms coming from former clients should not be used as the sole basis of determining whether or not the lawyer should be hired.

How are your services charged?

Be well-versed with how the lawyer’s service fees will be charged. Know the mode of payment, the dates of payment, as well as the price range of the fees for the different services.

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Will I be charged while on the phone?

When it comes to updates, lawyers and clients only communicate by calls. Ask if the phone conversations are charged as well. This is so that you will be aware of what you might be billed for.

Do you have an estimated time frame?

Most lawyers will not give a definite time frame as to the completion of your case and that is understandable because you really do not know how the courts will handle each case. However, there is no harm in asking for an estimated time frame from your lawyer; it is natural for us to want this case to be over as soon as possible so as to not prolong the suffering of the family.

How can I contact you?

Of course, you’ll have to know the ways of how your lawyer can be contacted. This is important especially if you have some concerns and questions you need to ask. Ask for their contact number or their e-mail address.

How often can you give updates?

It is also important for you to know how often your lawyer will give you updates. If you wish to be updated even with the slightest movement of your case, you may tell the lawyer to do so.

 

Interesting Christmas Traditions All Over The World

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Typically, we’d think that Christmas is mostly just about setting up a Christmas tree, by the fireplace, creating a gift list, preparing a delicious roasted duck, and projecting snowflake white laser lights while a few kids sing outside our doorstep. Perhaps, this sounds like a typical American Christmas but for other countries, they celebrate Christmas differently. Now, we’re not going to discuss each country’s uniqueness in celebrating the holiday season; we narrowed it down for you.

Without further ado, here are some of the most interesting Christmas revelations and celebrations all over the world.

Finland

You might have never heard of this before unless of course you are Finnish; in Finland, visiting the sauna for Christmas Eve is quite a common scene. Aside from that, it’s also common for Finnish families to pay a visit to their loved ones who passed away; yes, they visit graveyard sites and cemeteries for the holiday.

Austria

Perhaps, one of the scariest yet most exciting Christmas celebration is Austria’s. You might confuse Austria’s Christmas with Halloween as in this country, young men dress up as Krampus, a beast-like demon creature that roams the city to ‘capture’ naughty kids. So, if you thought you’ll only see Krampus in movie or home theaters, try visiting Austria for the holiday season and you might bump into one as you roam around the streets.

Krampus in Christmas

Ukraine

One of the most interesting ways to celebrate Christmas is how Ukraine does it. In Ukraine, Christmas does not just mean any type of meals, you’ll actually have a twelve-course meal. Moreover, the only way for you start the feast is by having the youngest child watch over the window and wait for the emergence of the first evening star. The first evening star is a sign that you can start feasting.

France

Uniquely, in the Southern part of France, families are known to burn logs in their homes as they celebrate Christmas Eve up until New Year’s Day. They have a belief that doing so would ensure great luck for the next year’s harvest.

Australia

As opposed to the common scene of snow and Christmas sweaters, Australia’s Christmas falls on its summer season. And so, going to the beach to for Christmas under Australian heat is a common way to celebrate the occasion.

Central America

Central America celebrates Christmas by showcasing the events of the birth of Jesus. Thus, they have lots and lots of displays of manger scenes found in malls as well as homes.

Philippines

In the Philippines, it’s common to have large lantern parades before the Christmas Eve. These aren’t just your typical lanterns which you can hang at home, these lanterns may reach 20 feet or more. This event usually draws spectators from all over the world.

North Korea (DPRK)

Although being Christian is allowed in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), you can still be imprisoned or killed for being Christian in this country. Hence, Christmas celebration in North Korea often has to be done in secret.