I can often be heard saying, “people spend more time doing research to buy a new car than then to hire a lawyer.” Grant it, many people come to us as referrals; meaning we represented their friend or a family member and received high marks. But, many of our clients come in cold from a Google search or some other random search or even the phone book. In my 15 years of practice and fielding these calls, I note that potential clients sometimes jump at the first lawyer that will call them back – that includes me. Perhaps this is because of the urgency to speak to someone, which is understandable. Family law matters are emotional, hurtful and do often come with a sense of urgency to bring order back to a life turned upside down. But, this can be a downfall if it means not considering all options for good representation for your particular situation. This can also be costly, sometimes leaving the client with no funds to retain a new lawyer if the first one does not work out.