What consultation options does your Florida family law attorneys provide?
Our Florida family law office conducts two types of paid consultations – abbreviated 30 minute consultations costing $150 for those with only a few legal questions or comprehensive 1 1/2 hour consultations costing $400 for those people that need more assistance in learning about their legal rights. With either the abbreviated or comprehensive consultation, our office is able to discuss the specific facts of your family law case including the different strategies for male and female clients; the likely results in any future dissolution of marriage (divorce) case, equitable distribution, child support, spousal support, time-sharing (child custody) or other case and the impact of certain situations including adultery, use of drugs or alcohol, or other indiscretions on the part of either family court litigant.Have you ever heard the phrase – you get what you pay for? Some Miami family law firms offer free consultations and you may be tempted to schedule an appointment with a Miami divorce attorney that offers free legal advice. The reality is that the way that family law lawyers earn a living is by charging for their advice and their time. So, if a family law attorney gives you for free what they normally charge for, that lawyer generally must make up the money they lost in some other way.Sometimes, that Dade County family lawyer may make up the lost revenue from a free consultation by charging a higher hourly rate once they are retained by a client. Other times, the Dade County divorce lawyer may make up the lost revenue from providing free legal advice by agreeing to take a case when the lawyer knows or should know that the client’s desired course of action is really not in their best legal interests or that their expectations are not realistic given the law or set of facts. In other situations, the free appointment by the Miami-Dade family law firm may be limited to the lawyer “selling” you on their services instead of listening to your problems and offering advice.
When scheduling a consultation with a Miami family law attorney, you should ask:
- How long has the attorney that I will meet with been practicing family law? Not, just how long they have been practicing law!
- What percent of the attorney’s work is in the family law area?
- If my case does not settle, how many trials has the lawyer conducted in my particular issue, i.e. property distribution, child support, child custody, domestic violence, etc.
- Does the law firm have a trained collaborative family lawyer or mediator on staff?
- How much time is allotted for my consultation?
- Will my consultation be with a lawyer or non-lawyer?
- Will I be allowed to fully explain my problems?
- Will the attorney offer me specific legal advice on how to resolve my issues?
- Will the attorney tell me if it is not best for me to file an action or proceed in the manner that I intend to take?
- Will my consultation be attorney-client privileged if I do not hire the attorney?
- If I do not hire the attorney, is the opposing party free to consult with the attorney?
When our law firm charges you for our initial consultations, you can be assured that you will leave the office with an understanding of Florida family law and how it applies to your specific set of facts. You can also be assured that the advice you receive at the consultation is based upon your best interests and not our need to recoup lost revenue from a free consultation.
Another benefit to our law firm’s paid consultation is that all matters discussed are completely confidential and protected by the attorney-client privilege. At no time in the future would our office be permitted to consult with or represent the opposing party in a family law matter or to divulge your confidential information to anyone.
Contact our Miami family law firm to learn how we can assist you and the truth about your legal options. Consultations are available in Miami law office and at several meeting locations throughout Dade and Broward Counties including Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, West Country Club Drive in Aventura, Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood and in the Homestead area. Appointments are also available by telephone and via Skype internet video chat. Telephone our office at (305) 222-7351 or Contact our Miami family law firm to schedule a consultation.
When scheduling a consultation, please inform the secretary if there are any pending hearings, deadlines for filing an appeal, or other reason why you may need an immediate appointment. We will do our very best to accommodate your schedule in setting an appointment.