You're thinking of booking a consultation with a lawyer. Or maybe you already have. You've taken the first step in dealing with a family law case. Here are 10 Tips to help you ensure that your consultation is successful and that your time is well-spent.

  • Attend Alone
    • It may seem intimidating, but this is for the best.
    • You may feel more comfortable if they had a family member or friend present during your appointment for support. In other cases, clients are unable to secure a babysitter and so they bring children with them to the consultation.
    • It is highly recommended that you attend your appointment alone. If you'd like someone there just to support you, our office has a comfortable waiting area nearby where your guest(s) can wait.
    • Click Here to Read More About Why You Should Attend Your Scheduled Appointment Alone.
  • Tell the Attorney the Whole Truth
    • Don’t leave out facts because they are embarrassing or because you fear being judged.
    • An attorney can't help you if they don't know what is really going on in your life.
    • Attorneys may improperly evaluate your case. In order to accurately access your legal issues, attorneys need full disclosure from you regarding anything that is relevant to your case.
  • Do Your Homework on the Firm
    • Read about fees, reviews, and attorneys.
    • Visit the firm's website. You'll want to get some background information on the firm and specifically, the attorney that you will be meeting with.
    • Prepare a list of questions.
  • You May Need to Communicate With the Attorney Before Your Appointment
    • Be sure that you communicate with the attorney prior to your appointment if you have specific questions. Sending a list of questions is helpful.
    • If you have any lingering questions, feel free to call or email the attorney
  • Arrive Early to Your Appointment
    • 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment is the perfect time to arrive.
    • You will have plenty of time to find parking, get on the elevator, and check-in at the front desk before your meeting begins. At our firm, you'll be offered something to drink and the attorney will be immediately notified of your arrival. 
  • Read 5 Frequently Asked Questions: Consultations. 
  • Be Yourself. 
    • We want you to be yourself during the scheduled meeting. There is no need to hide who you are.
    • Feel like crying? We've got tissues. Have issues? We'll listen.
  • Bring Important Documents With You Like:
    • A form of photo identification (ID, Driver's License, Passport, etc.);
    • Financial records of key accounts or transactions;
    • Important communication (emails, texts, etc.); and,
    • Any documents/evidence that could be helpful to your case.
  • If You Plan on Hiring Your Attorney on the Spot
  • Follow Up
  • Attending a Consultation is likely new to you. It is normal to have questions or concerns that you forget
  • Get the Attorney's email and give them feedback too.
What are the 5 Steps in Every Texas Family Law Case? Click here to download.