If you are having problems in your relationship and have decided that you need to seek legal advice from a family lawyer, it is likely you have never been in that situation before and that you have some concerns about what that meeting will involve.
The initial consultation with Backhouse Solicitors will allow you to outline your issue. And to get the most out of your first family lawyer meeting, there are certain items you should bring with you.
What to bring to your first family lawyer meeting
Firstly, if you have thought of them before the meeting, you may like to bring some questions for discussion.
Other items will depend on the nature of your meeting. If you are married and are thinking you want to start divorce proceedings, it would be a good idea to take your marriage certificate to the meeting. You will be asked lots of questions about your relationship, including key dates such as when you married/started a relationship with your partner, started living together, both of your dates of birth and any children you have.
If you are seeking advice about financial matters arising from the breakdown of your marriage, you will also need to provide as much detail as you can about the finances of yourself and your partner. Therefore, if you have a good idea of the value of your home, the size of your (and your partner’s) mortgage, investments, savings, pension and income it will be really helpful if you can bring all that information to your meeting.
If you are seeking advice about any Court hearing, then you will need to bring all court paperwork with you.
Meeting a family lawyer for the first time can feel like a big step and, if it would help, you are welcome to bring a trusted friend or relative along. It is not advisable to bring your child to the meeting.
Getting advice from a family lawyer at the first meeting
The first meeting will be a 30 minute consultation which is a free interview. You will be informed of the likely costs of any work you wish the firm to undertake on your behalf. It may be necessary for a further, lengthier meeting to take place however this will depend on the type of case.
It should be possible to give you initial advice at the first consultation and deal with any immediate concerns you may have. More detailed advice can be given once it has been possible to gather any relevant information that isn’t available at that first meeting, for instance, if we need to seek financial information from your partner.
If you wish to retain the firm, you will need to pay either the fixed fee or money on account. We will then write to you detailing our advice so you have a record that you can refer to whenever you wish. It may be necessary for a further meeting however that will depend upon the matter.
If you don’t want to take any steps after the first meeting, that is absolutely fine. Many people just want to seek some preliminary advice and then have some space to think things through and decide if or when they want to take the next step. Backhouse Solicitors will have your file ready to go, if or when you need our further help.
At Backhouse Solicitors we are experts in family law. Karen Farrow, our head of Family Law, believes in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters and works to help resolve family law disputes in a way that considers the needs of the whole family. For further advice, contact us today to book a free initial consultation with one of our solicitors.