One of the most valuable services we offer is the initial consultation. During the consult we attempt not only to answer the questions you may have, but also to give you insight into what will likely arise for you in the future. Our goal is to assess your unique situation, and to provide you with the knowledge you need to make informed decisions about next steps.
Once you contact us, we respond to you within 2 business days. If you would like to talk to an attorney, we schedule your consult, and gather basic information from you to ensure there are no conflicts of interest. We then provide you with an intake to complete. You will need to complete it online prior to arriving for your consult, or you can complete a hard copy at the office. We strongly suggest that if you complete the intake in office, that you arrive at least 30 minutes in advance of your scheduled consult time. This helps us streamline the consult, and efficiently address your questions within the allotted time.
No two cases are alike and accordingly, no two fees will be the same. Since the amount of time can never be predicted accurately, we will do our best, after an initial consultation to identify what factors could likely affect the total costs of your case, and how long the case will take. Of course, there may be variables which we cannot anticipate, but we will make an honest effort to help you estimate the costs involved, and to provide you with options.
If between the parties, there appears to be a significant disparity in income and access to funds to hire an attorney, the Court has the discretion to award fees and costs to the party who is financially disadvantaged. See Family Code section 2030. We can discuss this issue in the initial consult.