Consultation services in Family Law cases generally fall into three categories:
1. A person seeking legal advice about various Family Law issues may meet privately with me to discuss their questions in confidence to gain a better understanding of how the law may impact a situation. I am often called on to offer a second opinion in Family Law cases. Clients may also wish to speak with me for planning a divorce or simply for overview information about the divorce process.
2. Parties in Family Law mediation frequently retain an attorney to serve as his or her independent consulting attorney to provide them with legal advice during the mediation process and to review proposed agreements. I have acted as a consulting attorney in mediations throughout California.
3.Parties frequently choose to represent themselves in Family Law cases but retain an attorney to consult with on an as-needed basis, review document and assist in preparing pleadings and preparing for hearings. I am frequently hired by clients to assist in these situations.
When I am retained to provide consultation services, the consultation is confidential but I am not retained to formally represent the client in Court. The party decides how often to contact the attorney and on what issues he or she wishes to consult.