Your first meeting with your solicitor – points to consider

Many people feel apprehensive about meeting their solicitor for the first time to take about family matters – after all, sharing personal information with a virtual stranger is not an attractive prospect. It is vital that you have a good relationship with whichever solicitor you choose so here is some advice on how to get the most out of your first meeting.

When looking for a family law or divorce solicitor you should ask around for recommendations. If people you like have had a positive experience with the solicitor it is more likely that you will as well. Make sure you check out the firm they work for and look at their website – this can help you find out whether the firm can offer alternative methods of dispute resolution, such as family mediation or collaborative law [our team includes two jointly qualified family lawyer/mediators and three collaborative lawyers] .

You want to ensure that you will be as comfortable as possible at the meeting. If it would help to have a friend in the meeting with you as a source of comfort, then you should ask a friend in advance. Being prepared is also a big help, so it is a good idea to take a list of questions to ask the solicitor along with any key information or financial evidence that may be required.

It is important to try and shed your inhibitions when in your meeting. Remember that your solicitor deals with similar cases every day and will not judge you for anything you say. You must try and give a full and frank account of your position. You must also bear in mind that you are striving for a professional relationship with your solicitor rather than a friendship, so do not rely on them for moral support. You will end up paying for their time, so whilst it is desirable for them to be supportive and sympathetic you want them so distance themselves emotionally.

Quite often, people decide that they wish to try and work through their relationship problems and it is not a family law solicitor’s job to try and convince you to take any particular course of action. When you meet one of Bonallack & Bishop’s divorce solicitors, you will receive a FREE, no-obligation, first half-hour appointment allowing you talk through all available options with an expert.

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