If one of our lawyers can help you, our paralegal will schedule a time for you to meet and consult with a lawyer. The paralegal will give you instructions for downloading one of the First Meeting Information Forms and bring the completed form with you to your appointment.
In addition to the First Meeting Information Form, please bring copies of the following documents to the consultation:
- Pleadings you have received from the other party, by mail or by service;
- Prior court orders related to your current family law problem (example: bring a copy of your divorce decree if you are consulting with a lawyer about a modification);
- Property agreements such as premarital agreements or post-marital agreements;
- Any other documents relevant to what you want to discuss with the lawyer (example: bank account records or real estate documents).
A consultation appointment usually lasts between 1 – 2 hours. We charge a consultation fee which is payable at the time of the appointment. The paralegal will give you information about fees.
During the consultation, the lawyer will answer your questions; provide you with information relevant to your case; and, discuss timing, costs, and retainer.