The initial divorce consultation is the most important decision you will make during your divorce. It is understandable that you want free advice and many divorce lawyers will give you free advice. Those attorneys will give you 30 minutes over the phone, via email and, if you are lucky, in person.
30 minutes is simply not enough time for the attorney to learn the facts of your case in order to answer your questions, learn your concerns, and understand your priorities. It certainly is not enough time for you to decide if you are comfortable with me and if I am comfortable with you.
A free consultation is bait attorneys use to hook you in and hire them. After they are hired, they will charge you – at their hourly rate – to gather the facts of your situation and to really answer your questions. At the end of the day and simply stated, the “free consultation” winds up to costing you more.
At the consultation, it is my job to provide legal advice based on your circumstances. I cannot do this in 30 minutes. For the past 30+ years, I have reserved an hour and a half for a consultation and I have charged $100 for it. During that time, your questions will be answered, you will have a much better understanding of the divorce process, and you will have enough information to determine if you have confidence in me and if you are comfortable having me on your team.
The best divorce lawyers charge a fee for a consultation. Why? Because it is fair and you will receive invaluable advice. If you would like to schedule an initial consultation, please contact me to schedule a mutually convenient time to meet for 90 minutes. I look forward to meeting with you.