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What to Expect from an Initial Consultation with Our Firm

A lot of folks who call in and set up an initial consultation, not only have questions about their case, but also about what happens during the consultation. So, let’s talk about what happens in a typical initial consultation.

Discussion of Your Case

The attorney will ask you to describe your situation in detail. This includes the current status of your family dynamics, any legal actions already taken, and what you hope to achieve. Be as open and honest as possible to get the most accurate advice.

Discussion of Legal Issues

Based on the information you provide, the attorney will explain about legal issues that may be involved in your case. This might include your general legal rights and obligations, the likely outcomes of your case, and the legal processes involved.

Questions and Answers

You'll have the opportunity to ask questions. Prepare a list of questions beforehand to ensure you cover all your concerns. Questions might include the attorney’s experience in cases similar to yours, their approach to handling family law cases, and any potential challenges they foresee in your case.

Discussion of Fees and Costs

The attorney will provide information about their fee structure, including hourly rates, retainer fees, and other potential costs. This is the time to discuss any financial concerns and inquire about payment plans or alternative arrangements if necessary.


Understand that everything discussed in the consultation is confidential. This allows you to speak freely without worrying about the privacy of your case.

Assessment of Compatibility

This consultation is also a chance for both you and the attorney to evaluate whether working together is the right decision. There's no obligation to hire the attorney after the initial consultation.

Outline of Next Steps

If you decide to proceed with our firm, we outline the next steps in your case, however a detailed discussion of gathering documents, filing legal papers and any immediate actions that need to be taken will likely be taken up in the following meeting with your attorney.

If you are looking for guidance on your legal matter and would like to set up a free consultation with one of our attorneys, don't wait. Having your questions answered and a better understanding of best steps forward is invaluable, and our firm is available to help you better understand the legal process so that you can make informed decisions. Call our office today at (503) 227-0200 to set up your free consultation today.