You are going to begin your divorce with a consultation. This meeting is a chance for you to get the facts and lay out a suitable action plan for your case.
During your consultation, you will also have a chance to ask any questions you may have. Here are the most important ones to ensure you answer before leaving the meeting.
1. Can you trust the firm?
Trust your gut if you get a bad feeling during your consultation. It is better to meet with a second option than to hire a bad fit. Meeting with multiple individuals can give you a broader picture of your options and allow you to compare the firms. Also, make sure you go with someone who understands your state’s divorce laws.
2. Who will be your primary point of contact?
Firms delegate responsibilities. They have everything from office managers to receptionists to handle different tasks. Therefore, you need to know who takes communication. That means you need to find out who to call if you have a question about your case.
While office staff can answer most questions, some require more intricate knowledge. Therefore, you must ensure you will also have access to the people with this information if you need it.
3. What approach will the firm take?
During your consultation, you will also cover all of your options. Agreements will probably come up. Separation agreements tend to be the least messy option.
You can also ask about collaborative law. Another route is litigation. See what the firm recommends for you.
Of course, you are going to want to need a lot more information than these essential questions before your case is underway. However, knowing this at the first meeting will help you set up for success.