I am here to help you. Very simply, a large part of what I do is to ask questions and receive information. Once I have sufficient information, I am then able to strategize with you and move forward to solve your problem.
Many of you have never met with an attorney, so you don’t really know what to expect. I am going to tell you some things you can anticipate. I hope that having this knowledge will put you at ease. I want you to feel relaxed and comfortable for your first meeting.
Typically, during my initial meeting the first thing I want to do is to hear from you. I want to know the good, the bad and the ugly of what has brought you to my office. I want to hear about your children and about their relationships with you and the opposing party. I want to hear about your property – what assets and liabilities do you have.
After you have told me about your situation, I will explain the legal process to you and strategize with you to develop a plan. I will not have all of the answers at this point.
VERY IMPORTANT – ABSOLUTELY DO NOT WORRY IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ANY OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION. I have found that if you have made a list containing the following and have made copies of financial documents, we can spend less time talking about the basics and more time strategizing.
Information pertaining to your children
- Full name, sex, and date of birth for each of your children
- Names of school(s) your children attend and the name of the child care provider(s)
- Activities in which your children participate
- Special needs (if any) of your children
- Information about your income such as tax returns and/or most recent paystubs for you and the opposing party
- Bank accounts (name of bank and account numbers)
- Credit cards (name of credit card, account numbers, and amount owed)
- Year, make, and model of all vehicles
- Amount of mortgage or rent
- Your full name, address, phone number, date of birth, and email address
- Opposing party’s full name, address, phone number, date of birth, and email address
- Name of your employer (if any)
- Opposing party’s employer (if any)
I strongly encourage you to make a list of questions to ask.
If you are modifying a prior court order, please bring a copy of the court order with you to the meeting.
If you have been served with a lawsuit, please bring a copy of the papers to the meeting with you.
Remember, I am here to help you!