We at Liaise are often asked who is the best divorce lawyer? That is a very interesting question. The answer really depends on your definitions and your perspective.
Is the top divorce lawyer the one who makes the most money? Is the best divorce lawyer the one who gets the “best results” for their client? How does one determine what constitutes the best results? Is it “winning” if one party walks away with more money but the family was devastated by the process? Or, is it “winning” if the majority of the family’s estate is still available to educate children, provide for retirement and the family has suffered the least distress possible? There is no way to answer the question without a great many personal judgments.
When faced with a difficult question, it is often best to look to the work of great minds for guidance. There are a great many lawyers, past and present, that are thoroughly admirable. There is one that stands above the rest as an immortal for his intellect, leadership and grace under fire.
That lawyer is Abraham Lincoln. His words and deeds are inspirational and serve as a timeless moral compass for how we should always strive to be our best.
As a group of lawyers who have now turned their life’s work to helping people seeking the best uncontested divorce results possible, we at Liaise take comfort in our career choice and feel further validated by this advice to lawyers from the great Mr. Lincoln.
“Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.” Abraham Lincoln.
At Liaise, once parties have negotiated their Marital Settlement Agreement we help the parties find divorce lawyers to review their Agreement before they sign. Liaise keeps a list of top divorce lawyers who are ethical, high-minded and trustworthy. They know that their task in reviewing a Marital Settlement Agreement isn’t to start a battle that was successfully avoided, but to counsel on the content of the Agreement. To make certain that the party understands what the Agreement says and that the Agreement will accomplish what the party thinks it will accomplish. This type of engagement of a divorce lawyer costs a few hundred dollars instead of the tens of thousands of dollars it would cost to engage a divorce lawyer to litigate.
So, to answer the question, the best divorce lawyer, a truly top divorce lawyer is one that is a peacemaker, discourages litigation and facilitates the parties’ sensible choice to avoid a fight and compromise where they can to keep the financial and emotional cost of their divorce as low as possible.