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What to Bring to a Consultation with a Seattle Family Lawyer

It’s very common for potential clients to worry about what to bring to the initial consultation with us.

This meeting is primarily a conversation about your situation and what our Seattle Family Lawyers can do to help.

It is a chance for you to get to know us, and for us to get to know you. We will ask general questions about what has been going on in your family, and we expect you will have questions about the divorce process and how things might turn out.

If you have received any legal paperwork from your spouse or spouse’s family law attorney, certainly bring those papers along with you. There are usually deadlines that need to be met in terms of responding to those documents.

Seeing those documents will not only let us know about any deadlines we need to be aware of, but will also let us know what work needs to be accomplished first.

If you have been served with a Petition, then a Response to Petition needs to be filed within a certain amount of time so that the other side is not able to take a default.

Also, if there has been any kind of motion filed, such as for temporary orders, we need to know when the hearing is so that we can calendar it and make sure any responsive papers are filed in time.

Other than that, you do not need to worry about bringing in all of the supporting documents that you think we might need, such as tax returns, pay stubs, house deeds, bank statements, etc., unless there is a specific question you have about something in them.

Once we are hired and working on the case, there will be time for us to determine what documents we need to gather and how to get them. We may also work with your spouse’s lawyer to determine what documents they need from us and what we need from them.