Preparing for your first meeting with a family lawyer

We fully appreciate how difficult and intimidating the process of consulting a solicitor can be, particularly when it comes to issues of separation and divorce, but it is vital that people get the right information at such a critical time in their lives.

The emotional and financial costs of separation and divorce cannot be underestimated. Decisions made at the beginning of the process can have a huge impact on the outcome, so it is important to base any decisions on the best legal information available, which we can provide.

What should I bring to the first meeting?

We will need to verify your identity at the first meeting so please bring with you some photographic ID, such as a passport or driving licence, along with a utility bill or bank statement, with your address on, which is less than 2 months old. If you wish to discuss divorce proceedings it will be useful if you can bring your marriage certificate.

In order to discuss financial matters, it will be helpful if you have an idea of your financial position, for example your outstanding mortgage, balances of bank accounts and your income position. We do not need to see documentary proof at the first meeting. However, if you have received any letters or documents from the court or another solicitor, we will need to see those.

Please be assured that everything we discuss is confidential. Confidentiality is fundamental to our relationship with our clients, both as a matter of law and ethics.

How long will the first meeting take?

Our initial fixed fee meeting usually lasts for an hour which gives us time to take all the details we need from you and to advise you about your specific situation. If your matter is particularly complex, then we may need more time with you and this can be arranged. If your circumstances are straightforward, then you may be with us for less than an hour.

Where will the first meeting take place?

For those wishing to avoid face to face meetings, appointments can be conducted via telephone or video call. For those wishing to come into the office, we have a large conference room which opens directly onto the car park. Fitted with protective screens and with a plentiful supply of PPE, the room is ideal for social distancing.

Can I bring a trusted friend to the first meeting?

Of course, a close friend or relative can offer invaluable support to you at what may be a difficult time. Please do keep in mind that we may need to take quite detailed personal information in the first meeting so only bring someone that you are happy will hear this.

Can I bring my children to the first meeting?

Given the sensitive information being discussed, we prefer that children do not attend the first meeting with you, as even young children can pick up on what is being said. Also, it may be difficult for you to fully concentrate and take in our advice if children are present. However, if it is impossible for you to attend without your children, we will do our best to accommodate your circumstances.

How much will a first meeting at Tisshaws cost?

When divorcing, we know how important it is to fully understand the law relating to your individual circumstances before you commit to any course of action, so we offer an initial no obligation one-hour appointment for just £50 (Incl. VAT), so you can talk through the options specific to your personal circumstances with a qualified lawyer.


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