Do I Need an Attorney? How to Prepare to Meet With A Divorce Attorney

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Do I Need an Attorney? How to Prepare to Meet With A Divorce Attorney

When you are planning to meet with a divorce attorney for the first time, it’s normal to be a little nervous. There are a few things you can do to get the most out of your initial consultation and to help you feel more at ease during the visit. 

First, schedule a consultation. Most lawyers offer an initial consultation, for a flat fee so you can take an opportunity to learn more about how the lawyer works, their success rate, and the representation process. 

In order to get the most out of the meeting, it is a good idea to bring a List of Questions to Ask Your Attorney during your first visit. 

Here are some examples:

  1. Do you have experience and are you knowledgeable in divorce and family law? You want a lawyer that does, instead of one that just adds divorce to their long list of general services.
  2. What is your experience with divorce cases?
  3. What accreditations do you have? 
  4. Do you offer different types of representation?
  5. Do you offer collaborative divorce, and do you think it would be a good choice for my case?
  6. How do you communicate with your clients?
  7. What’s your retainer rate? Hourly rate? Staff’s hourly rate?

If you have additional time, you may want to ask more specific questions about your own situation and concerns. Remember, though, this is a first meeting and you are just trying to determine if the lawyer is a good fit. 

Once you make a decision to hire a divorce attorney, you’ll have a chance to ask all the questions you need to understand the process and make wise decisions. 

Need more information? Set up your free consultation by calling (509)382-800 or by contacting us here.


The information contained in this guide is made available by LaCoste Law, PLLC for informational purposes only and shouldn’t be considered legal advice. The transmission and receipt of this information doesn’t form or constitute an attorney-client relationship. Persons receiving the information contained in this guide should not make decisions or take action without first seeking professional legal counsel. 


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