If you are like the majority of our potential new clients, you have never been involved in a lawsuit. As such, you’ve likely never booked and attended a consultation with an attorney before. With this in mind, we’ve provided a helpful outline of what you can expect at your first consultation. In general, the initial consultation offers you a chance to share your story with one of our Texas family law attorneys. From there, we are able to gain a better understanding of your needs and goals. During this initial consultation, we will often begin developing a plan for your case.
To learn more or to schedule your initial consultation with us today, contact Walters Gilbreath, PLLC online or by phone at (844) 451-1220.
What will happen at the consultation?
The initial consultation is a time for the attorney and the potential new client to get to know one another.
During the initial consultation, you can expect the attorney to:
- Give you some background information about the firm
- Ask you questions about your background (e.g. where you work, how many children you have, where you’re from, etc.)
- Provide you with a game plan for your case (if you retained the attorney)
- Provide you with information regarding how the firm would handle your specific case
- Provide you with a copy of the employment contract between you and the attorney (the contract is signed after the fees are paid)
- Review the fees for the attorney’s service
- Answer any outstanding questions that you may have
May I bring my child(ren) to the consultation with me?
The answer to this question is generally, no. Since this is a time for you and the attorney to speak about serious matters, it is important that there are no distractions. Moreover, it may even be harmful for children to be in the room if they are old enough to understand what is going on. Courts typically discourage children being involved with the specifics of the lawsuit.
Your child may be able to accompany you but it will depend on:
- Whether or not you obtained express permission from the attorney to bring your child with you beforehand
- The age of the child
- The maturity of the child
- If you will bring an adult to supervise the child during the meeting
- Whether or not the child will wait in the waiting area for you or not
What about friends or family members? May I bring them?
Generally, no. We understand that going through litigation is tough, so it is understandable that you’d like a family member or friend to come with you for support. However, since this is a time for you and the attorney to speak about serious (and private) matters, it is important that there are no non-parties present. If they are present, you could destroy attorney-client privilege and hurt your case.
Your friends or family member may be able to accompany you, but it will depend on:
- Whether or not you obtained express permission from the attorney to bring them with you beforehand
- If their attendance is necessary due to a language barrier or not
- If you agree to have the person attend the meeting (in writing) prior to the meeting
Should I bring anything with me to the consultation?
Yes. You’ll want to bring any information that would be helpful to your case (along with anything specifically requested by the attorney).
Here are some of the documents that you should bring with you as well as some of the information you should be prepared to provide:
- Paper/tablet (you’ll want to take notes)
- List of questions for us
- Timeline / diary.
- Income information (W-2s, tax returns)
- List of assets and debts (for divorces), with supporting statements/documents
- Date of marriage and separation (for divorces)
- Address where the other party can be served
- Information regarding the other party’s employer, salary, etc.
- A way to pay your retainer fee if you think you might hire our firm at the end of the consult.
Can I re-schedule my appointment? What about canceling it all together?
Yes, just let us know.
Ready to schedule your initial consultation with one of our divorce lawyers in Texas? Call (844) 451-1220 to get started!
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When it comes to our clients, we have a unique approach—an approach our lawyers have cultivated after representing thousands of clients over the years. When you trust your family law case to our competent team of Texas divorce attorneys, we offer:
Direct Contact With Our Attorneys
You deserve direct and frequent communication with your attorney, not staff. As attorney practices grow, the usual reaction is to hire more staff. We’ve been guilty of the same thing in the past, but we learned and improved. The problem with this approach is attorneys get isolated from clients and spend most of their time managing the staff (at the client’s expense). We’ve now structured our offices so that you will be dealing with an attorney on all matters, not an employee of the attorneys.
Fearless Use of the Court System
Many attorneys fail to use the court system to their clients’ advantage. In fact, many will shy away from trial and try to convince their clients to settle when a better outcome can likely be achieved in court. The reason for this is that a court hearing is stressful for the attorney, difficult to predict, and may expose the attorney’s limitations. We will not pressure you into a bad settlement; in fact, we’ve found that our clients get a better outcome when we present their case to a judge or jury.
The Truth, Even When It Hurts
Attorneys, like everyone, tend to tell people what they want to hear. This is especially true at the beginning of representation (to get you signed up). We don’t think this is helpful to clients, and in fact, it harms a client’s case. We are not shy about telling our clients what we think they need to do. As a client of our firm, you will get the truth—good or bad—from us at all times.
Strong Legal Guidance
The most difficult time you will ever have making the right decisions is in the middle of a family law dispute. Many clients either want to rush things and get them over with, or they want to avoid conflict with the other side. We don't shy away from telling the client what we think is the best course of action. Of course, what to do is ultimately up to our clients, but they never lack for strong, helpful guidance.