Before Your First Visit
A personal consultation is the best way to get information about your legal needs. It is important to take the opportunity to meet face-to-face with our Charlotte divorce attorney in a confidential setting to ask questions and learn more about the law surrounding your issue. Not only do you receive information tailored to your specific situation, you also have the opportunity to meet the attorney and make a decision about whether this is a person with whom you can work and trust with your legal matters.
To save time, if possible, please fill out the client intake form, which is found online on our website, before you arrive. Please fill out the information as completely as possible. We know that sometimes you will not have all the information requested, but please do the best you can. The information is confidential and will not be used for any purpose other than to make a record of your visit so that we do not meet with someone in the future who is on the other side of your legal issue. This helps us to avoid a conflict of interest. We will also ask for a copy of your driver’s license to verify your identity, so please bring your wallet.
If you have already been served with a lawsuit, or wish to discuss a separation agreement or prenuptial agreement that you have been asked to sign, please bring the papers with you to the meeting. If you like, you may fax or e-mail us copies before the meeting. Expect the attorney to take a few moments to review the documents before joining you.
People often bring a friend or family member with them to the initial consultation for moral support. The attorney will meet privately with you for a few moments before inviting your companion back into the consultation. In some cases, it may not be advisable for anyone but you and the attorney to meet and we need a chance to discuss this with you before adding people to the meeting.
We cannot meet with you and your spouse together, or with you and the person you feel is on the other side of your legal action. That might constitute a conflict of interest for us, as it is a violation of an attorney’s code of ethics to represent or advise two opposing parties, even if they both feel that they are in agreement about issues. This extends to the consultation as well. Even if you believe that you and your spouse are in agreement and simply want us to prepare your formal agreement, the best policy is always to come in by yourself, have a consultation and receive advice about the matter first. Then, once the document is drafted, if your spouse decides that he or she does not need legal advice about the matter, he or she is free to sign the document as drafted. Alternatively, your spouse is free to obtain legal advice about the matter from another attorney or firm.
We look forward to meeting with you.
We currently charge a flat consultation fee of $250 for up to one hour; payment is due prior to services rendered. If you feel your matter is particularly complicated or cannot be explained in one hour, please advise our staff that you will need more time prior to the consultation. Although most initial consultations can be handled in an hour, at times, due to the complexity of the issues being discussed, an initial consultation can run more than one hour. If it does, at the attorney’s discretion, the initial rate can be pro-rated for each additional 15 minutes of consultation time.