7 Divorce Consultation Tips From The Experts
Divorce is never easy. Whether it is contested or not, it is an emotionally charged time of one’s life, with legal repercussions, and it is always best to consult an attorney. As Carlson Law Firm offers free initial consultation, it is best to take advantage of this opportunity and prepare for the same.
We have compiled a list of things you can do to get the most out of your divorce consultation.
- Prepare emotionally and have an open mind. Be prepared to answer very personal questions that you may not normally discuss with others. By considering these questions in advance, you will be more comfortable sharing sensitive information and most likely open to the advice of an expert divorce attorney.
- Prepare a list of assets and liabilities. Know your bank accounts, retirement funds, businesses, cars, boats, real estate etc. Also be prepared to discuss debts, mortgages, bank loans, student loans, and credit card debts. Knowledge of your financial situation will better equip your attorney to spot and handle financial issues.
- If available, bring copies of your tax returns. This is necessary when addressing child support and spousal maintenance issues.
- Bring copies of relevant agreements and orders, such as premarital and postmarital agreements, and prior orders affecting parent-child relationship. Having these documents available will help the attorney give you a better idea of how your case will proceed.
- Brainstorm a list of questions you want to ask the attorney. Write these down, so you don’t forget. The free initial consultation is a great opportunity to voice your concerns and relieve a little bit of stress. Take advantage of it.
- Be upfront as to what you want from your case, but grounded as to what is legally feasible. Have an idea of what your goals and ideal outcome are especially in matters such as child custody and property division. The more honest you are at the start of the case, the more the attorney knows about your interests. Remember that as a general rule, information disclosed to an attorney is confidential. That said, do not forget #1 above- be open to advice from the attorney.
- Talk about the cost. Your potential lawyer should be ready to discuss fees during your initial consultation.
A good initial divorce consultation should have you walking away informed about the legal and financial considerations involved in a divorce. Keep in mind, however, that as the process unfolds, more information will be revealed and the strategy may change. Being prepared for your initial consultation can make a difference in the timeline and cost of your divorce. It will also enable you to find the attorney you want for your case–someone who communicates clearly and makes it easier to understand various legal concepts. You should be able to trust the attorney you decide to hire.
How The Carlson Law Firm can help
If you are thinking about divorce, The Carlson Law Firm is ready to help. Our experienced attorneys understand how difficult this time can be and will ensure that your well being is cared for. We offer free consultations and are available to you 24/7. Contact us today and make sure you get the protection you need. We care, we can help.
- Written by Adriana Torres