Why It’s Safe to Call a Family Attorney
Calling a family law lawyer does not obligate you to do anything. By making an appointment with an attorney, you are simply gathering information that will play an important role when making critical decisions about your personal life. The goal of an initial consultation is to educate you about the main legal issues involved in a divorce, to provide straightforward, practical answers to your questions about divorce, and to give you sound legal advice about what you should do next.
When you call…
- It’s private. Our team members, including our receptionist, will keep all of your information entirely private. We never disclose to anyone who you are or what you say. We will ask you to give your name only so that we can check whether there is any potential conflict of interest which we might have with an existing client.
- It’s 100% confidential. We won’t disclose even the fact that you called. To guarantee everyone’s confidentiality and privacy, we always make sure that we haven’t already met with your spouse or other interested parties. We do this to protect you and all of our other clients.
When we meet…
- We’ll ask questions. We’ll ask for basic information (like names, addresses, and marital history) so that if you decide to file a case in the future, you won’t need to take time for another appointment. Since every family law case is unique, to provide you with the best possible advice for your specific circumstances, we’ll also ask you about private matters, finances, children and other personal issues.
- What to bring. We will be able to obtain detailed financial information during the course of your case, so it is not essential that you bring documents to your initial meeting. But if you can, it is helpful to gather things like tax returns, current bank and brokerage statements, credit card and loan statements, and pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreements.
When our meeting ends…
- We’ll go over next steps. After gathering enough information to assess your situation, we will consult with you about what you can realistically expect as a result of a divorce, with thoughtful guidance and strategic advice on the five primary issues in a divorce (the divorce process, custody and parenting time, property division, child and spousal support, and taxes/insurance/legal fees). This will be critical information for you as you decide when and how to proceed, and whether you want to hire us to represent you.
- We’ll talk about the cost. At the end of our meeting, we’ll also provide you with an estimate of how much your divorce might cost. As you might imagine, the cost of a divorce depends largely on your circumstances; not surprisingly, a complex and contentious divorce is more expensive than a simple one. Because each of our partners have a quarter-century of experience, we each are able to reliably assess the most difficult issues and predict the approximate cost of your divorce in most situations.
The Initial Consultation with Your Divorce Attorney:
What to Expect When You Don’t Know What to Expect
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We would welcome the opportunity to help you, whether it is connecting you with the right people, helping you to make the right decision, or guiding you through the divorce process the right way.