What happens at an initial consultation?
Every attorney has her own style, but most will,
at some point in the consultation (preferably sooner rather than
later) listen to your rendition of the problems in the marriage
and possibly take notes. After hearing your problems and
concerns, the attorney might give you a brief overview of the
law of your state, explain the different options available to
you, what she can hope to accomplish for you. Be wary of any
attorney who guarantees results.
The attorney should also describe her professional background
and explain her fee structure. If she plans to have another
attorney working on your case, the lawyer should bring that
other attorney into the meeting at some point.
An initial consultation has sometimes been compared to a blind
date, but the comparison is not far off base. Did you leave the
office feeling confident about the attorney? Did she keep you
waiting? Did she take calls during the meeting? Was the office
shabby? Lack of attention now, when a lawyer is presumably
trying to obtain your business, does not bode well for the