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When you are faced with a family law issue, beginning the search for a family law attorney can be a daunting task. We encourage you to consider what you are seeking from your legal representation and to connect with us online -- links to our Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google Plus accounts are available below -- to learn about the services we provide.
Family law issues can be difficult to face and to explain, but try not to be nervous. It is important to us that you feel comfortable discussing your life and your family with us. We don't pass judgment; we're here to provide support and legal advice. Your consultation is a private, confidential meeting. We are not permitted to reveal what is discussed during the consultation, or to even confirm that we met with you.
Scheduling a Consultation
To schedule a consultation, you can contact us by telephone, email, or through our website. We will first ask for basic contact information about you and your opposing party. This information will be used solely to ensure that we comply with the North Carolina Rules of Ethics in meeting with you. We cannot disclose your information to any third party. Once we are sure that we have no conflict of interest in meeting with you, we will work to accommodate almost any schedule. After we schedule your consultation with Katherine, you will receive an email with the necessary paperwork and information to bring to your appointment, so that we can maximize the time spent on you and your needs at the consultation.
The private consultation time takes place in our Hickory office and usually lasts between 1 and 2 hours, depending upon the legal issues involved in your particular situation.
During your consultation, you will be able to give a history of your situation, and Katherine will explain the laws of North Carolina that apply in your situation. Your consultation will likely include the following:
- Gathering information about you and your family;
- Learning about your goals for your case;
- Discussing the likelihood of accomplishing your goals;
- Educating you about the laws that apply to your case;
- Identifying potential issues that may arise during your case;
- Assessing potential strengths and weaknesses of your position;
- Providing you with an opinion about the best course of action to accomplish your goals; and
- Providing you with a quote for legal services based upon the nature and complexity of your case.
Katherine's goal is that you leave the consultation feeling educated about the legal issues that apply in your situation and the options available to you. The attorney consultation is charged at an hourly rate, and you are only charged for time spent with the attorney. The consultation fee is paid at the conclusion of the meeting.
After the Consultation
Your consultation is just that...a consultation. There is no expectation or pressure to retain our services, though we would relish the opportunity to assist you in moving forward into the next phase of your life. If you make the decision to hire us, we will execute a Fee Agreement that will create an attorney-client relationship between us. At that point, we will get to work creating a plan to move forward with your case and taking steps to protect your legal interests. We are always happy to answer any questions you my have about the consultation process, and we look forward to meeting you soon.