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Overwhelmed:

Where Do I Begin?

Facing any legal problem can be overwhelming. It can be helpful to do some research to get a general information about the process, but the attorney gives you legal advice based on your specific situation.

 

First: The Consultation

A consultation is a chance for you to bring that list of questions you might have so that you can get answers. Not only that but with an attorney, you can decide on a particular approach to use, such as mediation or other type of alternative dispute resolution. After a consult, it is common for clients to say that they feel so much better knowing what the real issues are, and what solutions are possible. They’re sometimes surprised that threats or misinformation from the other parent or spouse is not accurate or feasible, which can be a big relief.

A consult is not the same thing as hiring an attorney. It is simply a meeting with an attorney, who should then tell you what the cost is to hire that attorney. After the consult, it is the client’s decision of whether to hire the attorney or not. The client might choose to do nothing at all after a consult. In fact, a number of people having problems with their relationship have consults because they want to know what their options are if the relationship further deteriorates. Everything you discuss at a consult is confidential. Attorneys are legally required to hold all client information in the strictest confidence. When you schedule a consult, we ask for your name and the name of the other party so that we will avoid a conflict of interest.  This means that if you have a consult and then the other party also calls our office to schedule a consult, we will not have a consult with him or her or give any legal advice.

Second: After the Consult

Once you have a few answers, you can then decide whether you are ready to move forward with the separation or other important matter. However, if you have been served with a lawsuit or motion, that first decision is made for you. To begin working on your case, our office requires an advance of funds to be placed in your account. Sometimes, people refer to this as a retainer. The money you advance is placed in a bank account called a trust account. If money remains in your account at the end of your case, it is returned to you. More often, things take longer than anticipated. It is difficult to tell how much the other party will dispute. The other reason things take longer is because once the dispute ends up in litigation, we cannot control the court system. Trial dates, civil discovery, and other litigation events are automatically assigned to you, regardless of whether you want them to proceed.

Third: Relief of Sharing the Burden

The next phase after your decision to hire us is to put it in our hands. People in family law cases are already dealing with a crisis in their lives. There are numerous decisions you will need to make. But relying on an experienced attorney with many years of practice to guide you through the decision-making process gives you the support that you need to transition from one phase of your life to the next. Different clients have different comfort levels of involvement in their case, which they usually determine after working with us for a little while. Clients can always ask questions and discuss concerns with us, but the default mode is for us to take over the case and follow up with you as needed.

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