Frequently Asked Questions
Will my information be kept confidential?
It is important that we have all the facts to represent you properly. You will be asked to tell us everything about you and your family. This can sometimes be embarrassing. The opposing party's attorney has probably already been told your most intimate secrets. Anything you tell anyone in this office is strictly confidential and will not be disclosed without your permission.
Can you help me solve my relationship problems?
Your legal problems are given our continuing personal attention in an effort to obtain the best results possible in the most reasonable time and at a reasonable cost. Although we are interested in helping you resolve your personal problems, we are not trained to provide counseling services.
Should I talk to other attorneys?
We always encourage a potential client to shop around and talk with other attorneys. You should interview at least two attorneys and compare them in terms of experience, competence, personality, and price. The personality factor is important because you will have to deal closely with your attorney on potentially volatile problems. While you need not be totally enchanted, a clash of personalities may make the relationship uncomfortable, or even contentious. The key test in judging your attorney's personality is simply compatibility with your own – or at least an absence of incompatibility.
What will I need to do?
It is important that you be an active participant in your case. After all, this is your case, not ours. You will be expected to provide us with the records and information we request in a timely manner. We expect you to be cooperative and truthful at all times. Make it a rule from the outset to present us with all of the facts, then let us worry about protecting your best interests in connection with those facts. We cannot anticipate and plan around pitfalls of which we are not aware. Also, we can make reasonably accurate predictions about the outcome of your case only if you give us accurate information to work with. Other important considerations include timely payment of your outstanding bill and notifying us of any change in your address or your telephone number.
How will I know what's going on with my case?
Our office will make every effort to keep you informed regarding your case. We will immediately send you copies of all documents that our office receives or prepares on your behalf. Please call if at any time you have any questions, problems, or concerns about the way that we are handling your case.
My friend has ideas about how I should handle my case. Can her or she help?
Your well-meaning friends and relatives may offer you advice about your case. Listen to advice from all sources and gather as much information about the process as you can. However, recognize that such advice is often inaccurate, so be cautious in following it. The facts surrounding your relationship, separation or divorce, children, and property are unique and different from every other case. Be careful about which advice you apply to your own fact situation.
How do we get started?
Our initial consultation is structured to answer some of your immediate questions and give you a general idea of your rights and responsibilities in your legal action. However, we have not accepted your case and will not act as your attorney until you have retained us for that purpose. We accept cash, checks, Visa, or MasterCard.