Going in for the very first meeting with a divorce lawyer in Charleston you may or may not choose to employ? What should you reasonably expect? Here are some things I would include on your list:
1. Were you promptly and politely greeted (both on the phone when you made your appointment as well as when you arrived for your appointment)?
2. Was the law office neat, clean and welcoming when you arrived and while you waited?
3. If you were asked to fill out forms, were you told why these forms were necessary?
4. Did you have ample time to complete these forms?
5. Did your appointment begin within a reasonable amount of time?
6. Did your appointment take place in privacy?
7. Was your appointment interrupted by phone calls, emails, texts, or knocks on the door?
8. Was your prospective attorney focused on you and your interests during your appointment?
9. Were your questions answered during your initial meeting?
10. After your meeting, did you feel that you understood the business procedures of the office you visiting, including hourly fees, billing procedures, cost of other professionals and expenses associated with your case, and any other issues related to costs?
You should reasonably expect an initial office meeting with divorce lawyers in Charleston to take place in privacy, with focus solely on you and on your concerns. You should receive a warm and courteous welcome to the office. You should expect direct answers to your questions (but see comment at the end of this posting about “advice”). You should look for a neat office, and for all indications to be that client materials are handled privately and respectfully (in other words, you should not see other client materials all over the attorney’s desk).
Please NOTE: Everyone’s case is different. You cannot reasonably expect any attorney to offer you professional advice based on an initial conference. Should you elect to retain the lawyer with whom you have met, your case will necessarily develop in further meetings and other work.