- Research the attorney you are meeting with. Look at the attorney’s website and attorney bio. Read reviews about the attorney/firm on Google, AVVO, and other review sites online.
- Make a list of any and all questions. There is no such thing as a bad question. I tell potential clients that I meet to ask me anything, things they have seen on television, things they have heard from friends and family, and things they have read on the internet.
- Bring any documents that you believe are important. Bring documents that have been filed with the Court. Bring financial documents if you have them, such as taxes, pay stubs, etc.
- Get directions to where you are meeting. Make sure you know where you are meeting so that you get the most out of your time.
- Get confirmation via email or phone call of your meeting date and time. This is important because it puts you on the attorney’s calendar and the attorney on your calendar. It shows that the attorney cares about meeting with you.
- Bring friends or family if you feel you need them there. I always tell my clients to bring family and friends if they believe it will make them feel more comfortable. Check with the attorney/law firm on their policy for bringing friends or family to the consultation.
- Treat the consultation like a job interview. What I mean here is, put yourself in the position of interviewer. You are interviewing the attorney for your business. Make sure you are treated with respect during the consultation and that your time and concerns are valued.
- Find out the roles of staff in the law office. It is important to know who you will be dealing with in your case. Learn what the paralegal does, what the legal secretary does, what the junior associate does, and what the partner does.
- Determine if you and the attorney are the right fit. In the consultation, figure out whether you and the attorney will be able to work together. Make sure the attorney is open and honest about their approach to your case.
- Learn something. The goal of the consultation if for you to learn something. The consultation should be a way for you to tell your story to the attorney with them providing feedback on how they can help and what the process will be. Make sure you walk out of your consultation with value by learning something.
If you are interested in having a free family law consultation, please contact the attorneys at Springs Law Group LLC. We would be more than happy to schedule time to meet you and discuss your specific needs and questions.
Christopher Nicolaysen is a Family law Attorney who practices in Colorado Springs, CO. He graduated from Denver Sturm College of Law, and has been practicing law for several years now. Christopher Nicolaysen is passionate about helping you solve your family matters. Learn more about his experience here.