Your first meeting with a divorce solicitor by Randal Buckley - The Law House Family Law Solicitors, London & Peterborough


Your first meeting with a divorce solicitor by Randal Buckley

By in All Blogs, Family Law Category on August 21st, 2013

At The Law House we believe the best thing you can do before you come to meet your divorce solicitor is to prepare as much as you can in advance. Have a list of questions ready.   The two most common questions we are asked are:

How much will I have to pay?

This is the most important question but often the most difficult question to ask. Solicitors will almost always say (correctly) that it is difficult to predict, at the beginning, how much your matter will cost. Unless your matter is unusually complex, your solicitor should be able to say how much the matter will cost at the initial stages because they have dealt with divorce matters many times before.  We may be able to offer a fixed fee for the initial stage(s) so don’t be afraid to ask.

At The Law House we don’t believe in surprises and we will spell out exactly how much the initial stages of your matter will cost and in addition to an hourly rate, we also offer fixed fees in most matters including divorce.

What are the most important things that I should be concerned about?

We know that separation or getting divorced can be stressful and it is easy to focus on what hurts you most whether it is relevant or not. This is when you need to listen to your solicitor. Clients can often get focussed or side tracked on minor issues or issues that ultimately have no bearing on the divorce settlement. See your first meeting with your solicitor as opportunity to identify the important issues in relation to your matter.

Some final points:

  • Like many professionals, solicitors can use jargon and therefore, can be vague.
  • If you don’t fully understand ask your solicitors to explain; they really won’t mind.
  • Come prepared with a list of all your queries for the first meeting.
  • Think about the type of final settlement you may want. This gives your solicitor some idea of what you are trying to achieve.
  • If possible, before the meeting, send a list of key dates, and brief details of your assets and liabilities to your solicitor.
  • If you have received a letter from your ex’s solicitor, bring it with you to the meeting.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask whatever you want.
  • Finally, expect your solicitor to be offering you solutions rather than problems.  We always aim to work with you as a team.

If you are thinking about divorce or separation and would like to talk to someone then please contact Randal Buckley for expert legal advice or you can ring Randal on 020 8956 2655 or contact him at sbedford@thelawhouse.com

 If you have any other questions or would like to arrange your first meeting, please contact Randal Buckley on 020 8956 2655.