Comparing Law Firms
Why Choose Bishop Law Office, P.C.?
One of the more difficult decisions a person must make is his or her selection of law firms to represent him or her in a divorce or other family law proceeding. To most people, child custody (legal decision making) and parenting time issues are crucial. What a Court decides now may have an impact on custody and parenting time orders until your children reach the age of majority or graduate from high school. Your divorce proceedings will also include the division of all property and other financial assets. If your attorney does not assist you in identifying all of your property rights, you could stand to lose a great deal.
You may jeopardize your future by underestimating the need for qualified legal counsel. The attorneys at Bishop Law Office, P.C. have successfully represented hundreds of Arizona families, in all types family law matters. Get to know the members of our team and find out how we compare to other family law firms in Arizona.
Knowledge & Experience
Many law firms advertise themselves as superior. Before making a final decision, you should investigate the firm’s credentials and interview the attorney who will be handling your case. There are various sources that rate law firms and individual attorneys. There are also certifications available to attorneys that distinguish them from other attorneys. These are objective indicators as to the quality of legal services provided.
The only distinction between family law attorneys provided by the State Bar of Arizona (Arizona Board of Legal Specialization) is whether an attorney is a Certified Specialist . As of 2015, there are approximately 65 attorneys in the State of Arizona who are Certified Family Law Specialists. Bishop Law Office, P.C. has two Certified Family Law Specialists, William D. Bishop and Fred Ruotolo.
The most prominent organization that rates attorneys is Martindale-Hubbell, which has rated attorneys and law firms for over 100 years. The Martindale-Hubbell rating system provides for an unbiased, peer based rating system whereby both attorneys and judges rate other attorneys and firms. An attorney or firm must be above average just to be rated, much less achieve the highest ratings.
Bishop Law Office P.C. has consistently achieved the highest possible rating available through Martindale-Hubbell. Less than 5% of attorneys and firms have achieved such rating. Pursuant to such rating, Bishop Law Office P.C. has demonstrated the following:
Certified Family Law Specialists
Bishop Law Office, P.C. has two Board Certified Family Law Specialists, William D. Bishop and Fred Ruotolo. They are two of approximately 65 attorneys (as of 2016) throughout the State of Arizona who have attained the distinction of Certified Family Law Specialists. This is a small segment of family law attorneys, considering there are thousands of attorneys in Arizona that practice family law to some degree. To view the full list of Arizona attorneys honored with this distinction, click here.
In order to obtain such certification, a lawyer must meet each of the following requirements and demonstrate the following traits:
- They have substantial experience in the area of family law.
- They possess a high degree of competence in the practice of family law.
- They have knowledge and experience substantially higher than that possessed by a general practitioner who regularly handles family law matters.
- They have established a high degree of skill, thoroughness, preparation, effectiveness, professionalism and judgment in the field of family law.
- They have provided references from other family law attorneys and judges that substantiate such levels of skill.
- They have passed a detailed test that establishes a thorough knowledge of complex issues in the field.
Our Values & Philosophy
Our firm is dedicated to obtaining the best results for our clients with the primary goal of providing the highest degree of service, professionalism and integrity. Often, we encourage clients to represent themselves in many family law matters and only secure legal counsel for the amount of representation they truly need. We offer full-service family law counsel, in addition to divorce mediation and limited scope representation. With more options to choose from, our clients often have the ability to enjoy more affordable prices compared to many other divorce and family law firms in Arizona.
How Can We Help You?
If you would like to schedule an appointment to discuss your case, please call (602) 749-8500 or complete the form below.