Are you going through a divorce and have an upcoming divorce consultation? Chances are you may be nervous about meeting with your divorce lawyer. You may never had to hire a lawyer before and you don’t know what to expect. Here are 4 tips to help you prepare for your initial divorce consultation.
Provide Any Requested Information or Documents
Your divorce lawyer may request that you provide certain information or documentation ahead of your consultation. This is important so the divorce lawyer can focus the consultation on determining fit, setting goals, and developing a strategy.
Get a Clear Picture of Your Finances
You should make a list of your assets and debts, so your divorce lawyer will have a better understanding of your financial picture. Your lawyer may also request that you submit this list ahead of the consultation. You should also bring your most recent tax return to the consultation, as it is a great overview of your financial position.
Make a List of Questions
You will be absorbing a lot of information during your initial consultation. To make sure you do not forget something, make a list of questions ahead of time to bring with you to the meeting. This list should include questions you may have about the law and the lawyer’s experience.
Be Prepared to Review the Fee Contract
At the end of the consultation, your divorce lawyer will likely discuss with you the retainer agreement. You do not have to sign the contract right then and there. Instead, take the time to review the contract and ask questions about the lawyer’s fees and anticipated total cost of the divorce. Be cautious about divorce lawyers who quote a low initial retainer. A lot of lawyers do this to make you hire them but then are not clear about the total anticipated cost.
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