Hiring a Legal Coach for Your DIY Legal Case? Here’s What to Consider

Patricia TichenorLegal

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If you’re preparing for a do-it-yourself divorce, child support case, probate matter, or other civil court matter, you may consider hiring an experienced legal coach to help you confidently represent yourself.

Legal coaching can encompass a wide range of services, including general legal advice, assisting in drafting court documents, and pointers on how to handle yourself (and any other parties involved) in your court proceedings. Those who are handling a pro se (self-represented) family law or probate matters may find that legal coaching can help them fight for the best outcome in their case, without the full expense of retaining an attorney to represent them.

If you’re looking for a legal coach, here are the most important factors to consider before choosing one.

Length of experience

Working with coaches who have years of experience can be beneficial to clients, as they’ve dealt with a wide range of cases over time and have insight into the complexities of the legal system. A coach with a lot of experience, such as the coaches employed by My Legal Case Coach, can help you set realistic goals and offer advice on handling the legal process, thanks to the lessons they’ve learned and other cases they’ve handled over the years.

Specific knowledge about your type of case

While any qualified attorney can offer useful legal advice from a very broad perspective – such as how to dress for your court appearance and where to file your documents – if they’re not experienced in the area of law you need, their advice may not be as nuanced or helpful.

In contrast, an experienced coach who has helped other clients with your type of case can share their knowledge and teach you along the way so you know what to do before, during, and after your legal proceedings. For example, the attorneys behind My Legal Case Coach have over 20 years of experience helping Virginia clients with cases like divorce, adult guardianship, prenuptial agreements, step-parent adoption, and other family law and probate matters.

Cost and availability

While the cost of hiring a legal coach can offer significant savings over retaining an attorney to represent you, the total cost and pricing model can vary greatly from coach to coach.

My Legal Case Coach offers several different pricing options for one-to-one virtual legal coaching services. First and foremost, each client receives one (1) free hour of coaching with every legal case form packet purchase. For ongoing legal coaching needs for clients who need more assistance, coaching time can be purchased a la carte or in prepaid blocks of time, with greater savings per hour for a greater time commitment.

You’ll also want to ensure your coach is available to help you on your schedule. Legal cases aren’t confined to “business hours,” so look for a coaching service, like My Legal Case Coach, that allows you to self-schedule and pick times to meet you for virtual coaching that fit your busy schedule, including early mornings, evenings, or weekends.

Goals of partnership

When looking for the right legal coach, identify, understand, and be clear about what you need out of the partnership between you and the coach. By making your wants and needs clear, the lawyer can tailor their coaching to help achieve your goals.

Not every coach will be the right fit for your circumstances, no matter how experienced or highly rated they are, so it’s important to know ahead of time what you’d like to achieve by working with a legal coach and what types of cases your prospective coach typically handles. With that knowledge, you’ll be able to go into a consultation with appropriate questions to help you make your decision.

Are you looking for a legal coach in Virginia for help with a family law or probate matter? If so, My Legal Case Coach can help. Your coach can offer valuable insight into your case with one-to-one case strategy sessions, and trial preparation and guidance. Additionally, you’ll receive one free hour of coaching with the purchase of any case forms packet. Schedule your complimentary consultation with a legal coach today.