When you come in for an initial conference at the Law Office of Gary J. Frank P.C., what you get is a real legal consultation. Not a one-hour sales pitch, like you get from some other lawyers. In our first meeting, I will give you a solid understanding of your legal rights and how the court system works – and at the end of the meeting I will give you a “game-plan,” so that you will know what you must do to reach your goals. Unlike most firms, I do not limit the initial consultation to one hour. Instead, I will take as much time as is necessary to:
• Learn about your family history and the background facts of your matter;
• Obtain important information that can be used to help you with your case in court;
• Listen to your concerns and answer your questions;
• Talk to you about the law pertaining to your case;
• Explain your legal rights under the Arizona statutes and appellate court caselaw;
• Discuss the court process – how it works, how long it takes, what documents must be filed; what information must be disclosed; what hearings are held, and how the judge looks at the dispute;
• Discuss options for peaceful resolution of your dispute outside of the court-system, such as Mediation, Conciliation Services Conferences, Settlement Conferences using a judge pro tem, round-table negotiations between the parties and their attorneys; and other healthy alternatives;
• Talk about legal fees and a range of how much your matter might cost; and
• I’ll give you a “game plan” tailored to your needs and the specific facts of your matter. The “game plan” is my recommendations and advice regarding what must be done in your case and the steps that you can take to reach your goals.
An initial conference with an attorney is a critical step in the process of finding a solution to your problem. This is where you begin, for the first time, to put together a “road map” of where you want to go and how to get there.
By the time you leave my office after your first consultation, you should have a much better understanding of your legal rights; of how the court process works; of what your options are; and of what you will need to do to reach your goals and resolve your problem. Many people walk into our office timid and afraid, and leave armed with knowledge and a sense of renewed confidence.
If you are in need of a legal consultation regarding a divorce, custody, or other family law matter, please check out our web site: http://www.garyfranklaw.com/ . You can always call us at 602-383-3610 or contact us by email. I look forward to meeting you.
Imagine walking up to bat in a baseball game – and you don’t know the rules. You don’t know the difference between a “ball” and a “strike.” You don’t know that three strikes is an “out,” or that three outs ends the “inning.” You are aware that you’re supposed to swing at the pitch, but once you hit the ball, you don’t know which way to run. No matter how hard you try or how athletic you are, the fact that you don’t know the rules of the game puts you at a huge disadvantage.
Filing for divorce on your own can be overwhelming. Wading through the court-approved forms may be confusing and is often an exercise in futility. What are my legal rights? What should I ask for? How does the court process work? How do I know I’m doing this correctly? There is so much at stake: Division of property and debts, custody, parenting time, child support, spousal maintenance. Handling any one of these issues improperly could mean the difference between a future of relative comfort or years of suffering. When the divorce is done, it’s done. You have one chance to get it right. Undoing a mistake is difficult and, sometimes, impossible.
Document preparers can help you fill out paperwork but they’re not trained in the law. They’re prohibited from providing legal advice. Lawyers, on the other hand, have the benefit of many years of legal training and continuing education. They are well-versed in the law; they understand the divorce process and can help you understand what is best for you.
But what if your divorce is simple, or you just can’t afford ongoing legal representation? Even if you’ve decided to represent yourself, you can still benefit from an attorney’s advice — and chances are that the expense is less than you imagined. You can use an attorney as a counselor, an adviser, a guide to help you through the legal process.
A one-time consultation with an attorney is relatively inexpensive, and it can help tremendously. In a single meeting, the lawyer can assist you in filling out the paperwork. He or she can help you understand your legal rights, and explain what you need to do to request a hearing, obtain financial information, or get a trial date. The lawyer can formulate a game plan, answer your questions, and help you navigate through the sticky and sometimes complicated issues involved in a Family Law case. Don’t just assume that you can’t afford legal advice. Call for a one-time consultation. You may be surprised at how affordable it is — and how much it helps.
Gary Frank is an Arizona Family Law Attorney with more than 30 years of experience in handling cases involving divorce, custody, parenting time, child support, spousal maintenance, division of property, grandparent and non-parent rights, and all other matters relating to family law. If you would like a consultation, feel free to contact us at 602-383-3610 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more about our firm, take a look at our website at www.garyfranklaw.com.
It’s easier than you may think, and less expensive, too.