Consultation- What to Bring
One of the main things you can do to save money better the turnaround of your case is to be prepared from the start beginning with the initial consultation. You can organize your information or your lawyer can, but it has to be organized before submitted to the court. Spending time gathering the financial information required for disclosure will save you a fortune in legal bills.
Have all of your requested paperwork together when you meet with your attorney. Show up to your appointments on time and be ready to make the most of the time you have with the divorce lawyer. Often, a divorce attorney will base his or retainer, in part, on how much work they anticipate having to do. Some of that assessment includes what type of client you appear to be. Are you disorganized? Are you late for the appointment? Are your documents incomplete or messy? The first impression you give is a lasting one.
Don’t Forget The Intake Form
Prior to your appointment our staff will deliver to you our standard intake form. Please complete fully and don’t hesitate to call if you need help filling it out. Some questions will not apply but again don’t be afraid to ask. Asking questions up front will not increase the price of your initial consultation. The intake form not only helps the divorce attorney in getting prepared for your consultation but will help save on costs later down the road.
We don’t need a truck load of documents for the initial consult. (It’s happened before). But having an organized set of documents setting forth your assets or a simple chronology can’t hurt and will help the attorney in advising you of your options.
Keep in mind we love to help people. This is one of the reasons we chose to practice in family law. Our staff is friendly and welcoming and we want you to feel as if you are at home when you first walk into our office. We look forward to meeting you and helping you through this tough and difficult process.