Before your first meeting with a Family Law attorney, consider these five questions.
1) Is your lawyer listening to you?
If the lawyer is not listening to you during your initial meeting, chances are that he or she won’t listen later.
2) Is your lawyer taking calls during your meeting?
Emergencies are one thing, but regular calls from other clients are another situation.
3) You are not sure you want a divorce, but do you still feel pressured to sign the retainer?
Whether or not you sign is not the issue. The issue is whether you want to work with someone you cannot talk to or say no to.
4) The attorney was highly recommended, but you didn’t feel a connection. What should you do?
When you hire someone, you should always make sure that you will be able to work together. Your relationship with your attorney should never be adversarial.
5) You don’t think you can afford the rates. What should you do?
The retainer outlines your financial obligations. If you can’t afford the person, have an honest conversation. Perhaps an accommodation can be worked out. You don’t want to get in over your head financially.