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What to expect at a consultation

Written by Kara-Lynne Chapman

We offer one-hour consultations at a reduced rate. These appointments are an opportunity for you to meet with one of our lawyers and receive guidance on the next steps to be taken towards a resolution. These meetings allow you to get a sense of whether you are comfortable with us and for us to determine whether yours is a matter that we can provide meaningful advice on. Rest assured, these consultations do not include a sales pitch and there is no obligation to sign a retainer at the end.

Many people are nervous when they come to meet us for the first time. We understand: this is an incredibly difficult time in your life, you are likely experiencing an array of emotions, and you may have never had to deal with a lawyer before. Please know that we see people at all stages of their separation/divorce journey. We are here to assist you with your legal matters, not judge your emotional state. If it helps, most people tell us they feel much better after meeting with us and, so far, we haven’t bit anyone.

At the beginning of the consultation we will ask you for some background information so that we can get a sense of what has brought you to us. We do not require a full narrative and there is no need to write the history of your relationship out unless doing so is helpful to you. If you have received a letter from a lawyer or if you have been served with court documents, please bring a copy with you for our review. It is also helpful if you prepare a list of the questions that you would like answered as the amount of ground we cover and the amount of information you receive during the meeting can be overwhelming and things can be missed.

Depending on the circumstances, we may write an email or letter to the lawyer who has contacted you; if we do, we will ask that he/she continues to correspond directly with you unless you retain us. If you have been served with court documents, we will provide information to you on what documents you need to prepare in response and will explain the nature of the next court date. It is rare that we would be in a position to give you a solid idea of settlement figures during a consultation because financial disclosure has usually not yet been exchanged at that point.

After you have booked a consultation, if you need to reschedule or cancel it, just give us a call or send an email. You will not be asked why you need to change your appointment and you will not receive any hassle from us; life happens, we get it. We do appreciate knowing in advance if you can’t make it in, though, as we can then offer that time to another client.

We look forward to meeting you at a consultation.

Call Paul at 705-302-3696 to book.

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