How to Prepare for an Attorney Consultation
When evaluating the many law firms and attorneys available, knowing what to expect and how to prepare for an attorney consultation is paramount to the success of your case.
So, you’re considering booking a consultation with a divorce and family law attorney? Consultations are for you to inquire about the facts of your case, receive legal advice, and go over how the attorney would approach your individual case.
With the many law firms and attorneys vying for your attention and business, using similar pitches or language, it is important to know how to evaluate your options. Not all representation is equal.
Paid Consultations vs. Free Consultations
There is an adage, you get what you pay for, but what exactly are you getting from a consultation with an attorney? At the end of the day, a free consultation may seem like the most cost-effective way to begin the legal process, but you could end up paying more for a less-than-ideal outcome. Oftentimes, free consultations are not with an attorney. They may be with a paralegal or clerk who is not qualified to give legal advice and will spend their time trying to “sell” you on their firm.
A paid comprehensive consultation ensures that you have the attorney’s full attention. You have your concerns addressed and receive legal advice from an attorney specializing in family law cases, such as yours. It should be your expectation to leave a consultation knowing exactly where you stand legally, the strategy an attorney will use for your case, and what to expect throughout the process.
What Your Goals Should be for a Consultation
Goals depend on the client and the type of case. Some clients need a specific time-sharing schedule for visitation, desire to keep the marital home or to stay within a specific budget for legal fees. Clear and defined goals will help you feel more comfortable with the legal process and will help your attorney evaluate ways to tackle your matter. Attorneys are also able to advise if the goals you have are realistic and achievable or if there is a more attainable goal with a similar outcome.
Questions to Ask During a Consultation
Questions are the most important part of a consultation. This is your chance to receive the legal advice needed to find some solace in your case. Legal advice is specific to each area of practice and let’s face it, Google does not have all the answers. Below are some questions you may want to consider asking in your consultation …
- Do you foresee any big problems with my case?
- Is my goal realistic?
- How much will this cost me and how will I be billed?
- What is your level of experience?
- Will anyone else be working on my case?
What to Expect from a Consultation with a Colorado Legal Group Attorney
Our firm offers an hour-long comprehensive consultation with an attorney to dive into the facts of your case. The dedicated hour ensures that you will have the attorney’s full focus on your case and specific areas of concern. The attorney will answer your legal questions and explore different options you may have in your family law matter. The last part of the consultation is used to go over the attorney’s strategy to approach your case and the retainer required for Colorado Legal Group’s services.
Want to schedule a consultation with a Colorado Legal Group attorney? Call (720) 594-7360 or submit a free case evaluation on this page.
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