Making the Most of Your Meeting
A divorce is one of the most difficult experiences a person can go through. If you are thinking about filing for divorce, it is important to understand what to expect during the initial consultation with an attorney. This blog will discuss what you should do before meeting with an attorney, what you should bring to the meeting, and what you can expect from the consultation process.
Preparing Ahead of Time
The purpose of the consultation is for the attorney to get to know you and your case—and for you to get a feel for the attorney. That being said, there are a few things you can do to prepare ahead of time to make the most of your consultation.
First, it's helpful to write down what you want to discuss with the attorney. This will help you stay on track during the meeting and ensure that you cover all of the topics that are important to you. You should also bring any relevant documents with you to the meeting so that the attorney can get a better understanding of your case. Finally, it's important to be honest with the attorney about your expectations and what you hope to achieve. This will help the attorney give you realistic advice and provide you with a better understanding of what to expect going forward.
Taking the time to prepare for your initial consultation will enable you to make the most of your meeting and get started on the right foot with your attorney.
What to Bring to a Consultation
You should bring any relevant documents to your consultation, such as copies of your marriage certificate, financial records, and custody agreements if already worked through. It is also helpful to bring a list of questions you want to ask the attorney. This will help you get to know the attorney you are meeting with.
Be prepared to discuss your reasons for wanting a divorce and what you hope to achieve through the process. The attorney will likely ask you about your spouse and your relationship, as well as your children and their needs. Be honest in your answers so that the attorney can best assess your situation and give you accurate advice.
Be Ready to Be Honest
The attorney will likely ask you questions designed to get to the heart of what is happening and why. He or she needs to know the whole story in order to help you, so it is important that you be as honest as possible. Of course, you should feel free to take breaks as needed, but do your best to give a clear and concise account of what has led you to this point.
It can be difficult reliving some of these events, but try to keep in mind that the more information your attorney has, the better equipped he or she will be to help you through this process. Trust that the attorney has your best interests at heart and is there to help you in any way possible.