The meeting will be nothing like the doctor’s office. There usually won’t be a lot of clients in the waiting room, and few offices will expect you to fill out lengthy paperwork or provide identification cards. This meeting should be far more private, and it should provide some answers to questions you have.
Some lawyers charge for these meetings, some do not. Those who do usually charge an amount less than their usual hourly rate or a flat fee. You should definitely expect to know what the lawyer is charging for the consultation before you arrive.
The attorney uses the initial consultation to learn about your case, determine if your expectations are realistic, estimate the cost of your case, identify your ability to pay for the work needed, and determine if your personality matches theirs. This meeting is important from a lawyer’s perspective because they want to make sure you do not pose a risk of receiving work that you ultimately cannot pay for and that you have reasonable expectations for your case.
You should also use the meeting to make some decisions. There are literally thousands of lawyers who hold themselves out as someone who can handle your divorce. Make sure you take the time to pick the right lawyer for your needs. Some traits you should look for in your lawyer is someone who cares about the work they do, is responsive to clients and courts, is knowledgeable about the law or willing to learn, and who is experienced for the kind of work you need to be done. In other words, you need to look for a lawyer you won’t regret hiring a year later if your case becomes complicated. When considering these issues, feel free to discuss the attorney's background and training, how the attorney is to be paid, what expenses may be involved in the case, how and when you can communicate with the attorney (e.g., personally in the office, by phone, by email or in writing); and to find out the names of all those persons who will be working on the case (e.g., paralegals, associates, etc.).
The lawyer will also want to discuss your case. The lawyer will, at a minimum, want to ask you for information about the marriage, your jobs and income, your assets and debts, the other party, any history of violence in your marriage, goals in the separation, children, and your overall financial situation. The lawyer should give you time to discuss any other facts you think are or might be, relevant to the case. If you are ready to move forward with that process, we ask you to consider using our services. You can reach us through the “Contact” link above.
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