Your Initial Consultation
Making the Most of Your Free Family Law Consultation
Making the decision to initiate a
divorce or handle a
family law matter can be a challenging and scary experience. However, choosing the
right attorney who prioritizes your needs, listens to you, and explains
your rights can make all the difference.
Moskowitz Law Group, LLC, provides free and confidential consultations
to residents across New Jersey and New York when they seek assistance
with divorce or family law. During these initial consultations, we work
to address all questions and concerns you have, discuss your rights, and
explain what we can do to help. Because we want to establish the foundation
for a successful experience, we place an emphasis on open and honest communication
and being prepared.
If you are preparing for an initial consultation, or are currently considering
making an appointment, we want to remind you that this is an important
phase of your legal journey. While the idea of taking big steps in your
life may seem daunting, remember that we are here to provide the step-by-step
guidance you need. The first step is knowing what you can do to make the
most of your consultation, and knowing what to expect.
Come prepared – Being prepared to discuss your situation, needs, and goals during
your first consultation can help provide an attorney with a better idea
of where you stand and the options you have available. Take some time
to think about what it is you want to achieve (a divorce,
custody of your children, etc.), as well as any circumstances in your current
situation that should be mentioned (i.e. another party’s failures
to abide by court orders, a spouse in the
military, etc.). It is also a wise decision to gather any important documents or
information (i.e. marriage decrees, tax returns, statements, and financial
information, premarital agreements or relevant legal documents, correspondence
that may substantiate your case, etc.) for an attorney to review.
Basic questions – Initial consultations are important for fact-gathering, which
is why we ask for basic information, including contact information of
the parties involved, and other questions relating to your marriage and
situation. This may include the date and location of your marriage, whether
it was a religious or civil ceremony, whether you had previous marriages, and more.
Issues involving children – Family law prioritizes the best interests of minor children in
divorce cases and other family law endeavors, which is why you should
be prepared to discuss issues involving children if they are relevant
to your case. This can include information about their names and ages,
whether they have any additional needs, their current living arrangements,
and you and your spouse’s parenting responsibilities. This can allow
for a better assessment of their situation, and better evaluations of
what to expect when it comes to custody and parenting time.
Financial circumstances – While not everyone is comfortable discussing their financial situation,
it is an important matter in divorce and family law cases. Be prepared
to discuss your financial circumstances honestly with a lawyer (remember,
consultations are confidential and your information will not be shared).
Doing so can help an attorney gauge what will be required of your case,
especially when it comes to matters of
property division. Questions from attorneys will tap into many financial issues, including
the income and net worth of you and your spouse, questions about your
current lifestyle, the ability of you and your spouse to earn a living,
what assets are involved (such as a business, stocks, or retirement /
pension accounts), and questions about any current debt obligations you may have.
Personal matters – Family law represents the intersection of your life and the law,
which means you may need to discuss personal matters. Although you may
feel concerned about discussing personal issues, remember that an attorney
is simply trying to obtain all the facts that may be of importance to
your case, not to judge you. As such, you should feel open about discussing
issues of your finances, marital problems, misconduct, or even
domestic violence. Remember, you attorney is here to help, and they can only do so when
they have all the information.
Our legal team understands the many concerns clients have when they attend
their initial consultations, and takes the time to ease those concerns
as best as we can. As caring and compassionate advocates, we are here
to help from the moment you choose to begin your legal journey, and to
collect the facts and information needed to provide our initial assessment
of your available options, how your case may progress, and what we intend
to do to guide you through the process. While being prepared to discuss
your matter and answer questions is important, we also encourage you to
make a list of any and all questions you wish to ask us. We are more than
happy to answer them.
To get started with your FREE initial consultation,
contact Moskowitz Law Group, LLC today.