Initial Information. Before we can discuss your case, I need to have the following information to determine if I have a conflict of interest:
Follow-up Questionnaire. Upon receipt of the above information, my staff will determine if we have a conflict. If we do not, we will send you a follow-up questionnaire for you to complete based on the general nature of the case as you described it. If we do have a conflict, we will tell you.
Adobe Reader Software. Our forms are in pdf format which requires "Adobe Reader" software to read. Adobe Reader is available free and may be downloaded at www.adobe.com. Go to that web site, to the bottom of the first page and double click on the icon named "Get Adobe Reader". Once you have downloaded Adobe Reader, you will be able to read and complete all of our forms.
Retainer and Attorney/Client Agreement. After I review the completed questionnaire, I will determine the appropriate amount of a retainer fee and send you an Attorney/Client Agreement for you to review and sign. We do not have an attorney/client relationship until the retainer fee is paid and the Attorney/Client Agreement is signed by both of us.
Areas of Practice in Family Law. We have questionnaires for each of the most common areas of practice in family law, which are:
Professional Experience. I have completed more than 1,000 contested family law cases. Most are divorce cases involving either custody or property division issues. I began doing family law cases 20 years ago by accident. At that time I was involved in a general practice with emphasis in civil litigation. Very, very few civil cases go to trial. Most settle prior to trial. In order to maintain my "in court" time and feel competent trying cases, I did several divorces. Because of the emotions in divorce cases, most of the cases went to trial. Now it is common for cases to settle at mediation after a pretrial conference in which all exhibits and a list of witnesses are exchanged. Over a period of time the emphasis in my practice has changed to family law. At the present time, over 75% of my practice is in the area of family law.