What should I bring to my first meeting with the attorney?

If you have been served with any type of documents or papers, you need to bring those items with you to your consult.  No attorney can effectively advise you if they do not have the actual document before you.

Likewise, if you will be asking questions about the effect of any document, picture, or recording, you need to bring that as well.  This gives the attorney an idea of the real nature of your case and what the evidence is likely to show.  From there, the attorney can guide you on the legal effect of your document.

We also ask that you complete an intake form.  This basically tells the attorney the general nature of your problem.  Each attorney has a general intake form for different matters.  If you would like to complete your forms in advance, simply click on the links provided to the right of this box, complete your form, and bring them with you to your first consultation.

What is a consult?

A consult is your first meeting with an attorney to explore your options.  Many people call our office and want to know "How much do you charge for a divorce" or "How much to represent me in a custody dispute."  We do offer some services, like mediation and will packages, for set fees.  However, more complex case require an evaluation before we can quote you and exact cost.  This is why consults are frequently required.  During a consult, we can gather more information from you about the details of your situation, explore options, and then you can make an educated decision about your next step.  Sometimes, the options are as simple as taking a co-parenting class, which is by far cheaper than full litigation.  Other options are more complex and require motions and orders.  We try to explore as many options with you during your initial consultation.  To arrange this meeting, simply call or email our office through the CONTACT US section of our website.  We look forward to visiting with you!

Cheney, Fernandez & Associates, P.C.