How we work.
Maybe this is your first time needing representation in a family law matter. Maybe not. Either way, we will fully advise you as to your options and thoughtfully guide you through your choices and how to best achieve your reasonable goals. We will communicate with you so that you are timely informed and so that we can respond to your inquiries in a timely manner.
See the full picture.
Our clients rely on us to see the full picture - not just today's snapshot. We listen carefully to our clients, fully understanding that circumstances change and so that we can be proactive.
Start off positive. Always.
"You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar." Our attorneys pride themselves on their positive and collegial relationships with their peers, courthouse staff, magistrates and judges. Understanding that litigation is an inherently adversarial process and that family law conflicts are often fueled by emotion, we do our best to minimize the fighting and guide your situation towards cooperation when possible. Be assured however, if there is a trial in your future, we will be fully prepared to advocate on your behalf.
Define your desired outcomes.
An attorney's worth is often measured by his/her successful outcomes for each individual client. At the start of our professional relationship, we will discuss with you your goals and define your specific desired outcomes. If the result you seek is not realistic given the circumstances, we will be candid and straightforward with you, and work to set more realistic goals for the representation.
Avoid going to court.
While our attorneys are always fully prepared for court, we believe litigation should be our clients' last option, after all else has failed to result in a resolution. To that end, we will work diligently to reach a settlement out of court, whether that be by way of mediation or negotiation with opposing counsel.
Build positive working relationships with opposing counsel.
Our attorneys have reputations for being trustworthy, reliable and knowledgeable in the ways of the law and procedure. As a result, we have built solid positive relationships with our colleagues, which directly benefit our clients. Oftentimes clients involved in litigation expect their attorneys to be combative with the other attorney involved. Our experience tells us that the better the working relationship with opposing counsel, the more productive and cost-effective the process will be for our clients.
Prepare our clients.
From discussing desired outcomes and bottom-lines to preparing for court conferences and evidentiary hearings, we arm our clients with the knowledge they need to feel as comfortable as possible with the negotiation and litigation process.
Don't be judgmental.
At our firm, we believe it is a judge's job is to pass judgment, not ours. We understand that family law issues involve highly personal information. Our attorneys listen carefully to our clients' stories without judgment or negative criticism.
We recognize that the subject matter in family law can often be emotionally trying. Disputes arising from the dissolution of relationships which once brought joy and hope can devolve into ugly personal attacks on one or both parties. We understand that the emotions involved in family law matters may cause individuals involved to behave or respond in ways they would not normally behave. We pride ourselves on the compassion and empathy we bring to the practice of law. It is our firm belief that attorneys should work to allay concerns and frustrations, not add to them.
Understanding that the relationship you have with your family law attorney may span the better part of a year, if not longer, it is crucial that you feel comfortable with him/her. Our attorneys believe that in the attorney-client relationship, open and direct communication is key. We encourage our clients to contact us when they have questions or concerns or information updates, and we pride ourselves on being approachable and responsive. Likewise, we take attorney-client privilege very seriously, working hard to ensure our clients feel secure sharing details of their personal lives which will remain safely within the walls of our offices.
When hiring our firm, you and your attorney will sign a legal services contract which will clearly and specifically describe the legal services to be provided, the charges to the client for those legal services, the firm's responsibilities to the client and the client's obligations to the firm. You will receive monthly billings pursuant to the terms of your legal services contract, clearly detailing the work completed in your case and the amount of time spent on each task. We accept cash, check, money orders and all major credit cards.