Divorce attorneys offer free consultations to encourage potential clients to explore their legal options without having to commit to any decisions. This free consultation can be incredibly useful. But to make the most out of it, you want to come prepared. Here are some tips:
Fill out our Initial Domestic Client Questionnaire
You can obtain a copy from our website or our office will email one to you for your review. This will help you organize the facts of your marriage so that we can address the issues that may arise in your situation. This is the first step in getting organized for a pending divorce.
Write down your thoughts and questions before the meeting.
You probably have diverse concerns about the divorce, including worries about how long the process will take; how much money you’ll need to pay; and what might happen under different scenarios. Write down your questions in advance, so will be ready!
During the consultation, take notes.
Record the attorney’s answers, not only so that you can know how the law firm works but also so that you can get clarity on your case and set your expectations.
Vet the prospective attorney based on objective criteria.
For instance, has the attorney handled divorces like yours before? Do they have adequate staff? Does this attorney maintain his legal education in divorce and family law? How much of his practice is devoted to divorce and family law?
Pay attention to your intuition.
Your personal intuition can pick up on a lot of subtle, surprisingly sensitive factors. You and your attorney will be working together for a long time, are you compatible with this person? Are they calm? Organized? Do you have rapport with this attorney? Do they listen to you and maintain eye contact?
Before you talk to any attorney, consider making a list of key “must haves” that you will expect from your attorney. For instance, your list might include the following:
- Must have integrity;
- Must be a good fit, personality-wise;
- Must be reasonably priced;
- Must devote a substantial part of his time to a divorce and family law practice.
For a free, confidential consultation with our team, please call or email us today to schedule an appointment.