We really aren’t that scary, but seeing a family lawyer can seem daunting.
On our website we give some detail about what you should bring to your first meeting, but hopefully this will be a helpful summary. Prepare a simple chronology setting out things like your relevant dates of birth including your children, special occasions like commencement of cohabitation or marriage, acquisition of property, and of course separation.
You should also bring a list of questions.
While a specialist family lawyer will know what details to ask of you, they may not know what your specific concerns are. Having a pre-arranged list will help you focus and get the most out of your meeting. If you are going to see a lawyer about property, then you will need financial statements and other documents to back up your case. Providing a list of all assets and liabilities, including houses, cars, shares, superannuation, mortgages, credit cards etc., will give your solicitor an idea of the property pool much more quickly than having to construct it from your documents or go through an interview process with you. If you do not readily have these documents some can easily be found by approaching your bank, or with superannuation seeking the information from the MyGov website. Your lawyer can give some tips on this.
Seeing a lawyer does not necessarily bind you to them. Lawyers are retained through a formal process involving a cost disclosure and agreement, not because you talk to them. Whether you are engaged in hotly contested litigation or completely amicable and able to resolve all matters with your former partner, it is still necessary to be armed with knowledge of your entitlements, rights and obligations under the law.
Everything you discuss with your lawyer is confidential, even the fact that you have attended upon them unless you agree otherwise. Remember instructing a specialist family lawyer is the best way to ensure a positive outcome for you and your family.
If you would like to speak with one of our specialist family lawyers, please contact us.
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