If you are planning on ending your marriage, it’s generally in your best interest to meet with a Pennsylvania divorce attorney. An attorney may be able to help you retain ownership of a home, business or other assets. This person might also be able to help you obtain alimony, child support payments or other financial assistance. Let’s take a look at what you should expect when meeting a legal representative for the first time.
Consultations don’t have to occur in person
It’s possible that the initial consultation will take place online or over the phone. The ability to consult with an attorney from home, at work or wherever you happen to be might be helpful if you plan to meet with more than one legal professional. Regardless of the format used to conduct an introductory meeting, you should expect it to take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour.
It’s important to be transparent during this session
As a general rule, it’s easier for an attorney to provide quality advice when he or she knows all the facts in your case. Therefore, it’s important that you reveal as much as you know about your family’s finances during the initial consultation. The family law attorney who you speak with will likely want to see tax returns, bank statements or any other documents that you have access to.
Ask as many questions as possible
Ideally, you will spend time asking questions about a prospective attorney’s approach to divorce cases. It’s also a good idea to learn more about this person’s track record as it relates to obtaining favorable outcomes for clients. If you don’t like the answers to these questions, you can feel free to end the consultation at any time.