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Preparing for your First Meeting with a Family Lawyer at Henderson Heinrichs

Written by: Kevin Heinrichs (View All Posts • View Bio ) Published: October 29, 2012
Categorized: Initial Information.

We’ve compiled a list of things that might help you when you first come in to meet with a lawyer at Henderson Heinrichs to deal with your family or divorce matter:

  1. Bring a list of questions to ask.  Sometimes people become overwhelmed with the information that they are provided in the first meeting with a lawyer.  What I have found works best is when a client brings with them a list of questions that they can refer to and ensure that they get answers during the course of the meeting.  There are no silly questions please don’t hesitate to ask any question.  Please feel free to take notes if it helps you during the meeting as well.


  1. Timelines are important in family law.  If you have been served with a court document you should know that there are generally time lines that need to be met in response so don’t delay in coming in to have a first meeting with a lawyer.  It is also helpful if you take some time to plot out your relationship timeline prior to attending at your meeting.


  1. Details are important in family law.  If you don’t have a good grasp of your family finances its best to begin collection this information as soon as possible.  For example, go online and get your statements or attend at your bank to request them.


  1. Get to know your lawyer.  In family law a lawyer client relationship is a personal one.  You will need to divulge your most personal details.  Therefore, you should feel comfortable with who you choose.  If you don’t feel comfortable ask for other recommendations.  Any lawyer should be happy to steer you to other competent lawyers to ensure that you retain the best possible person to represent you.


Take a deep breath.  There is no way to guess exactly how your matter will play out.  Like your relationship the breakdown of your relationship is unique.  A lawyer will guide you through the process and outline the possibilities for you but don’t expect a concrete answer in family law as it’s rarely the case.

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