The decision to obtain legal advice is not always an easy one. Your lawyer will ask you highly personal questions, the meeting will be emotional, and it will be with someone who you have only just met.
There is a lot that you can do to prepare for the first meeting with a family lawyer. In our experience this also helps focus the issues to be discussed. We recommend you:
- Sit down before your meeting and write down important events such as birthdays, date of marriage, dates of separation, dates of the purchase of property and the value of property.
- In financial matters prepare a list of joint assets, include everything you can think of. Prepare a list of liabilities, again including everything that you can think of. This will give your lawyer an immediate snapshot of the financial circumstances of the relationship.
Simply meeting a lawyer doesn’t mean you have to separate, make an application to a Court, or even retain that lawyer. Lawyers have a duty of confidentiality which means that things that you tell them will not be disclosed to anyone else (unless you direct that to happen).
If you are thinking of separating or you have already made that decision, please contact one of our lawyers. We are currently meeting with clients electronically and in some circumstances in person (subject to social distancing).
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