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What To Expect At Your First Family Lawyer Consultation

May 4, 2023

What should you expect from your first meeting?

 

Meeting with a Solicitor can seem overwhelming, but if you have started to think about booking an appointment, it is already necessary.

At The Legal House, our family law team understands the emotions associated with relationship breakdowns; working out post-separation parenting arrangements; and dividing matrimonial assets.

Here are a few points to remember if you are about to have a consultation with a family lawyer:

  • Your matter is confidential (even if you only have one consultation);
  • You will be advised what to bring to your appointment in advance, having as much of this information prepared will help us give you the best advice;
  • We understand you may be anxious and we are here to help – we do so by always acting in your best interests;
  • You will be better informed if you provide your lawyer with your priorities at the start of the appointment – e.g. you may not have children with your estranged partner and might be most worried about potentially relinquishing any claim you have to the matrimonial home, if you move out;
  • It is important to be open and honest in this discussion, as the accuracy of our advice depends on the accuracy of the information;
  • If you choose to move forward, we will map out the next steps;
  • We will give you our best estimate on costs;
  • We encourage you to ask questions throughout the appointment, it may help to have some prepared in advance, and to take notes during the meeting.

This article is not legal advice and should not be relied upon as it does not answer questions specific to your situation. 

If you would like to make a booking with one of our family law team, please contact our office for a no-obligation free consultation.

Nick Harrison

Nick Harrison

Founder & Solicitor

Nick is passionate about family law, domestic violence, and wills and estates, Nick has been practising as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia since 2012.  He provides practical legal advice to his clients, using his unique blend of impeccable legal skills and real-life experience as a police officer, husband and father.

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