WHAT YOU CAN DO
We strive for excellent client relationships. To help you make the best use of your time and resources in the resolution of your family law matter, here are some general tips:
Be prepared for your first meeting: obtain copies of your last three income tax returns; obtain statements of your significant assets and debts; write down the full particulars of each person involved in your case; write a short summary of your circumstances, making note of all important dates; bring copies of all significant documents, including any assets or debts acquired prior to your relationship; make a list of questions you want answered; provide full disclosure - failure to communicate important facts may impair our ability to give you thorough and accurate legal advice.
Do not bring anyone else to the meeting without prior arrangement. Conversations with anyone who is not a party to the case are not confidential and may not be protected. Do not take legal advice from your friends and relatives. Do not assess your case by the outcome in other cases. Every case is different and most often there are aspects of your friends' and relatives' cases that you don't know and that don't apply in your case. Only a lawyer can give you legal advice.
Consider Consensual Dispute Resolution methods. Many cases can be helped or resolved entirely with the assistance of a qualified mediator or collaborative lawyer. Have realistic expectations. Understand that no case is perfect and you may not be able to achieve everything you want. The Court system is over-burdened and there may be unavoidable delays. Respect the pressures that most lawyers work under. Attend your appointments on time and call in advance if you will be late or need to reschedule.