What To Expect At Your First Divorce Consulation: Contacting An Attorney

When placing the first call to a prospective attorney’s office, know that everything you say, including your name and the reason you are calling, will be kept strictly confidential by the receptionist and attorney who answers your call. No reason exists to fear giving your name or to answer questions over the telephone. In fact, if you do not provide your name, most attorneys will not continue the conversation so as to protect you and any of his or her other clients (including perhaps your spouse, who may have already called that same attorney) from any potential conflicts of interest.
If the attorney is not available when you call, the person answering your call will know to ask (i) whether it is acceptable or “safe” for the attorney to call you back, (ii) whether the attorney should dial *67 to block the identity of the attorney returning your call on your Caller ID, and (iii) whether it is okay to leave a message if you are not available to answer the call. When leaving a message for the attorney, try to provide a number at which you can actually be contacted. Providing a pager number usually results in an endless game of “telephone tag.”

The vast majority of the wisdom and advice that you will be seeking from a matrimonial attorney cannot be provided over the telephone. In almost all situations, it will necessary for you to schedule an appointment to meet face to face with the prospective attorney. Meeting with an attorney does not create any obligation on your part, nor does it mean that you must get divorced. In fact, many times it is the matrimonial attorney who can put you in touch with a capable marriage counselor or begin a dialogue that leads to a reconciliation. Nonetheless, it will be necessary for you to make a trip to the prospective attorney’s office.

If you have questions about your divorce please contact David Lutz at (248) 624-5500 or by email at David@ambroselawgroup.com

or visit our website www.ambrosefamilylawattorney.com


All articles in this series were written by John F. Schaefer and Mark A. Bank


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