Important Information for Your Consultation:
How to Be Prepared for Your Consultation
Your time will be best utilized if you are prepared.
- If you have been served with a lawsuit, bring all papers you were served with and any evidence you may have (contracts, invoices, bills, etc.).
- Family law consultation Bring any orders, including temporary orders, (child support, parenting plan, protection order, etc.), and agreements (such as a community property agreement) that are currently in place. In a dissolution or child support matter, you should also bring six months of paycheck stubs from both parties, tax returns from the preceding two years, descriptions of job benefits provided by employers for both parties, and a list of current debts including a description of what the bill is for. In child custody action where the parents are not married, please bring birth certificates and paternity affidavits for every child involved.
- Real property or construction consultation Depending on the nature of your case, bring all of your relevant real estate documents. Depending on the issue, you may want to bring your real estate purchase and sale agreement, title report, home inspection report, deeds, leases, covenants or whatever documents you think may be relevant to your case.
- Bankruptcy Be prepared to discuss the amounts and types of debts that you have including mortgage payments, car payments, credit card debt, student loans, alimony of child support payments, and other debts. You should also be prepared to discuss your income during the past year. If you have a recent credit report, please bring it to our appointment.
- Estate plan Bring any estate planning documents that you have executed in the past including wills, powers of attorney, community property agreements and health care.
Be prepared to tell the whole truth. An attorney can advise you best and plan the most advantageous strategy for your case only if he knows all of the facts up front.
I dont expect you to know all of the answers so dont be afraid to ask questions. Write them down and check them off
as they are answered.
Some legal issues are complex and require legal research in order for an attorney to render an opinion. In complex cases, research cannot be performed during the consultation. Facts and information are gathered during the first consultation, then the attorney will perform legal research and, following the research, will consult with you again.
Discuss Fees and Costs
All consultations are subject to a fee, except personal injury, estate planning and bankruptcy consultations. A retainer fee is required in all cases accepted by the attorney except personal injury and bankruptcy cases. The amount of the retainer is set by the attorney during the initial consultation and varies depending on a number of factors, such as the type and complexity of the case and issues individual to your case.
A fee agreement will be prepared for all clients. Take time to review the agreement and feel free to ask questions at any time.
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There is a fee for all consultations, except personal injury, bankruptcy or estate planning consultations.
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