Unfortunately, there’s a stereotype that a shark or a pit-bull attorney who promises to take your ex to the cleaners in court is the best kind of lawyer for high-net-worth cases. This is a wrongheaded notion. The sad truth is that some shark attorneys will smell that there’s a lot of money at stake in a high-net-worth divorce and will then try to keep as much of it for themselves as they can, usually by insisting on costly litigation, even when an out-of-court settlement would be available and deliver more positive solutions for you.
Your lawyer is your advocate and is hired to represent you zealously to the best of their ability, not to start fights so that they can enrich themselves at your expense. The right lawyer for you is someone who will fight hard for you, but who will not provoke or extend a fight that isn’t in your best interests.
When looking for an attorney, meet with a family attorney and ask about their experience with high-net-worth divorce. Do they extol the virtues of litigation even when you state your interests in mediating or amicably resolving your matter? Consider that a red flag to move on.
Bari Zell Weinberger is the owner and managing partner of Weinberger Law Group in New Jersey. She is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney.