Bringing financial information is key to your lawyer being able to assess your case and learn as much about it as possible.
During the initial interview, you should expect to be asked about the specifics of your case. In order to prepare for this meeting, you should gather all information (documents, contact information, etc) pertinent to your situation. In a divorce case, this would include any documentation regarding the assets that you and your spouse own, including individual tax returns, business tax returns, W-2 forms, bank statements, life insurance policies, stock certificates, and retirement statements. In addition, be prepared to offer details relating to dependent children of the marriage, including age, special needs, and the relationship of the children with each parent. In addition, you should relay to the attorney your position regarding division of assets and child custody. Finally, you should bring any questions and concerns you have regarding the divorce process.
Jeffrey W. Brend is a CPA and family-law attorney practicing with Chicago law firm Levin & Brend, P.C. He is the only person in the country affiliated with both the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the American Society of Appraisers. He can be reached at (312) 726-4440. View his Divorce Magazine profile.