Why hire a divorce attorney in Milwaukee

Early in the divorce process, you may be tempted to consider representing yourself in court. One of the biggest reasons people choose to do so is that they think it will save them money, so they overlook some of the significant downsides to foregoing the advice and support of a divorce lawyer

Perhaps you weren’t married for long, or you and your spouse do not have children or significant assets. In certain cases, you may be ok using a kit or online service instead of hiring a lawyer to help you with your divorce. However, the majority of people see big benefits in hiring an experienced divorce attorney. 

Here are 3 reasons why you should hire a divorce lawyer:

  1. Expertise in family court and divorce law. In hiring an attorney experienced in family court and marital law, you benefit from their years of expertise in navigating the often complicated divorce process. Those who represent themselves are held to the same standard as a divorce attorney in court, receiving no special treatment from the judge. In fact, not knowing the law, what documents you need, or what the next steps are in the divorce process will almost certainly cause a judge to lose sympathy and patience for your cause. Even experienced lawyers going through a divorce process hire an attorney if marital law is not their area of expertise.
  2. An objective perspective. Going through a divorce can be extremely emotional, distracting, and disruptive to your normal routine. Added to this emotional stress are the complexity, time, and money that goes into the legal process of getting a divorce. In hiring a divorce lawyer, you gain a team member who can provide an outside, expert perspective, answering your questions, guiding you as you make decisions and set priorities, and providing advice based on their years of experience. Your divorce attorney has your best interests in mind during a time when you may not even be sure what a satisfying solution may look like. The most “successful” divorce cases end in compromise, with both sides agreeing to a solution that may not necessarily be exactly what they were hoping, but is best for everyone involved. An experienced attorney can help you focus on the big picture rather than getting bogged down by every little thing. As a divorce attorney myself, I know that my clients have limited time and money, so I do my very best to move the process along, providing support and an objective, expert perspective along the way.
  3. One word: paperwork. Unless you’ve previously gone through a divorce without hiring a lawyer, it’s hard to imagine the amount of paperwork needed to complete the process. In deciding to represent yourself, you miss out on having an expert at every stage of the divorce process ensure you have the documentation you need. In court, the judge relies heavily on documentation to make their judgment, and not having the right paperwork can hurt your case by making you seem careless or intentionally evasive. An experienced divorce attorney can make sure your paperwork is filled out correctly in a way that makes a persuasive case, better positioning you for a favorable outcome. Finally, not having the right paperwork will slow down the divorce process significantly; in fact, it’s one of the biggest reasons cases get tied up in the courts. 

There are lots of reasons why hiring a divorce lawyer is the right call. In addition to having an expert in marital law and family court on your team, you have someone you can turn to for advice, perspective, and help in seeing the bigger picture. 

You don’t have to go through the divorce process alone; at Iowa Divorce Law Firm, we help clients in Milwaukee and across the region with expert legal advice and services. Divorce is our area of expertise, and we are passionate about ensuring you and your family get through this stressful time as quickly and smoothly as possible. For questions or to get started today, give us a call

Is It Possible to Find a Book Without the Author or Title?

One of the most common issues librarians face when it comes to customer service is their ability to help people find what they are looking for. Oftentimes people come into libraries with only the vaguest information or idea of what they want, and they expect librarians to pull up exactly what they need out of thin air. Luckily for librarians and everyone else, there are useful resources available for situations like these and other similar times when you need to find something but don’t have much to go on.

The MakeUseOf Website

The website MakeUseOf has a surplus of articles and resources about how to get the best and most effective use out of technology, including topics such as the Internet, computer software, apps, and search tools. Their article on how to find a book without knowing the title or author gives an inside glance at many different approaches to this common problem, a few of which I tested.

The Google Sites

The first and most common search engine is Google. It is perhaps the easiest to search and navigate. Google is a great starting point when trying to find something you’ve forgotten the exact name of. Quotes, character names, plot points, and more all make for a generally successful search, and Google’s auto-suggestions often tell you whether or not you’re on the right track.

A branch-off website from Google that is lesser-known but equally helpful is Google Books, a search engine designed specifically for — you guessed it — searching for book titles. This website differs from Google’s main search engine in its display of search results, displaying additional information and images attached to each result to aid in your search success. These tools are easy enough to use that you and your patrons can probably get good results from them.

Amazon Advanced Book Search

Amazon also has a useful book search tool called Advanced Book Search. You have the opportunity to enter keywords, author, title, and publisher and choose from an extensive list of subjects to find what you’re looking for. Amazon remains one of the easiest websites to use and is simultaneously extremely convenient. Once you find what you’re looking for, you can rent or purchase it straight from the search result.

Less Common Search Sites

Breaking away from the most common search engines, there are a multitude of sites dedicated to helping you find the books and resources you’re looking for, even if you only remember a few keywords here and there. The first one, BookFinder, boasts a broad search platform. It states its main function as helping you find the book you’re looking for at the best price through tapping into over 100,000 bookseller inventories worldwide.

A similar website is WorldCat, which is the largest network of library content and services. This allows you to search for the book you’re looking for and then find the closest library location where that book is available.

The Library of Congress also serves as the world’s largest digital library. It allows for advanced keyword searches to help find your title among 167 million items.

Tips from My Experience

Patrons probably feel embarrassed going up to reference librarians and asking them for help finding a book when they only know a bit about the plot or subject. It’s not a problem. Here are a few tips from my user experience on these websites and search engines.

  • I found I preferred options that gave me images alongside search results as well as the option to refine my search as I went.
  • I tested the search techniques by trying to find the name of a book from my childhood about a girl who goes to boarding school in Switzerland.
  • When it came to searching for the book, I found it fastest on the Google Books search page by simply searching with those keywords. I quickly recognized the cover art that appeared next to the title and author that I had an impossible time trying to remember.
  • Some other sites I tested included message boards where you can post whatever you can remember about a book and other users try to help you find it.
  • Goodreads boasts around 60,000 members and has a message board designated for this purpose, called “Unsolved.” It also has many other boards and directions on how and what can be posted in each. This site is more difficult to navigate because you have to follow certain specific directions just to post a question and then must return to the site repeatedly to see if your thread has been answered.
  • LibraryThing has a similar feature called “Name that Book” under its Groups tab, where you can post about a book you’re looking for. This site is much smaller, with only 5,000 members to help you find something. I found this website a bit hard to use, with an extensive list of tips and guidelines on how to make your post effective. You also have to inconveniently check back on the site for results, just like the Goodreads site, which is a feature that I find really takes away from the timeliness and effectiveness of finding a book.

Books Like This One

Here’s another great resource. When patrons come and tell you about a finished book that they enjoyed and want more like it, you might try websites such as Books Like This One. It provides a great solution for finding similar titles to the ones you already know and love. Search for a title and read quick articles on similar titles, or browse through different genres to find more books to add to create a reading list for your patron.

It almost goes without saying that it really just depends on how you prefer to search for things on the Internet, as there are so many different website layouts and search methods when it comes to looking for something as simple as a book. Happy hunting!