Things You Should Know Before Your Free Legal Consultation
Your free initial consultation with a lawyer is your chance to figure out whether they’re the right person to represent you, so you need to make sure their experience, values, and personality align with what you need. At Collective Family Law Group, we want you to feel confident in your decision, so we think there are some things you should know and do before you sit down for your Brisbane free consultation.
Do Your Homework
Don’t just settle for the first law firm that pops up in your Google search results. Instead, make sure you do some research, compare your options, and choose the best lawyer for your situation.
Listen to the reviews. Have a good look through the reviews on Google and Facebook to see what people are saying about your lawyer. You should also have conversations with friends and family to get their recommendations. If you’re stuck and unsure of who to choose, you can ask other professionals such as accountants and psychologists. They often work with family lawyers, and they may be able to refer you to the right solicitor for your situation.
Don’t be afraid to shop around. If you see other legal firms offering a Brisbane free consultation, book with them too. The more lawyers you speak with, the more likely you are to settle on one who makes you feel confident and comfortable.
Look at your solicitor’s track record. If you can, do some digging about the solicitor you’re meeting. Take a look at where they earned their law degree, whether they have any other relevant qualifications, and whether they have any notable cases you can read through.
Anything You Say Is Confidential
Many people go into their Brisbane free consultation reluctant to share too much information, but you can rest assured that anything you say will be confidential.
Client legal privilege. Also called legal professional privilege, this is a common-law right that protects the administration of justice and the rights of individuals and other entities to get advice about their legal circumstances. Any legal advice given or shared by a lawyer and communications about litigation is entirely confidential. It’s called ‘client legal privilege’ because the client holds power. A solicitor may only disclose privileged communications if clearly instructed to do so by their client.
Client legal privilege helps us do our jobs. Client legal privilege means you can speak frankly and honestly with us about anything about your matter. Without client privilege, our clients would be reluctant to tell us certain pieces of information, meaning legal proceedings might be delayed or even miscarried.
You’ll Be Asked Plenty Of Questions
The Collective Family Law Group team didn’t get to be the best family law mediators in Brisbane by sitting back and waiting for clients to offer up information. We always ask lots of questions.
We’ll cover the basics. We’ll probably start with your personal information, such as your name, birthday, and occupation.
Tell us about your situation. Next, we’ll ask for a brief outline of your unique situation. We’ll need to know the names and details of anyone else involved, including the names and birthdates of any children.
Tell us what your goals are. We’ll probably ask you what you hope to achieve in the outcome of your case. We want to know what your long-term and short-term goals are so we can work together to achieve them.
What are your biggest concerns? Let us know what you’re worried about, and our team will do our best to help you work through your anxieties. We understand that family law matters are stressful and exhausting, so we’re here to support you through it.
Do you have anything with you so we can start work straight away? If you can, bring documentation such as marriage certificates, the name of your former spouse’s solicitor, any correspondence you believe is relevant to your case, a comprehensive list of your assets (including those you owned before your relationship), a list of bank accounts, stocks, shares, and other investments, a list of debts, and copies of insurance and superannuation documents.
Make Sure To Ask Plenty Of Questions
The question-asking should be a two-way street, so make sure you get all the information you need to make an informed decision as to whether or not we’re the right fit for you. Here are a few questions you can ask your family lawyers in a Brisbane free consultation.
How much experience do you have? If you have a complex legal matter, you may need to seek help from a more seasoned lawyer with extensive experience in that area of law. However, if your case is very straightforward, you might choose to save yourself some money by choosing a recently admitted lawyer.
What kind of cases do you usually handle? Sometimes, you’ll want to find a lawyer who specialises in a particular area of law. For example, each solicitor at Collective Family Law Group practices exclusively in family law, so we have unparalleled experience handling all kinds of family matters, from separation and divorce to domestic violence cases.
What does success look like to you? The answer to this question will likely vary from firm to firm, but at Collective Family Law Group, we measure our success with client feedback and satisfaction when a matter is resolved. No matter what the outcome, if our client is happy, we’re happy.
What is your fee structure? If you’ve ever decided not to call your lawyer to avoid racking up a bigger legal bill, you wouldn’t be alone. It’s essential to understand your lawyer’s billing process during your Brisbane free consultation so there are no nasty surprises down the road. At Collective Family Law Group, we can tailor several different payment options to meet your individual needs. We offer fixed price services, flexible hourly rates, and in exceptional circumstances, we provide deferred payment options.
How will you communicate with me? Your family lawyer should be providing regular updates, so ask how they plan to get in touch with you between consultations. Some solicitors prefer email, and others prefer video call or phone call. Just make sure your lawyer intends to keep you up to date on your matter.
What will you need from me to get started? To make sure your matter is resolved quickly and efficiently, ask your solicitor what kinds of documentation they’ll need to get the ball rolling.
If You Need A Lawyer In Brisbane, Book A Free Consultation With Collective Family Law Group Today
At Collective Family Law Group, our practice focuses exclusively on family law matters. We’re industry experts in all matters of family law, including but not limited to matters of separation, property settlement, domestic violence, financial agreements, divorce, and child support. We strive to provide quality legal services with a resolution-focused approach to our clients’ needs, and our team offer practical legal advice and solutions in a professional, approachable manner. For your Brisbane free consultation, contact Collective Family Law Group today.
We are committed to the efficient and prompt resolution of family law matters, in the most cost effective manner possible.
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WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY..
These guys have been absolutely amazing with helping me with my case as it has been tough but they have helped me get through it. Honestly the team have been so amazing and have helped me with been able to get the courage to get through this situation and they have been so supportive. The service has been fantastic as they have checked up on me and my family constantly to see how we have been going through out the process. I would highly recommend Collective Family Law Group to any one seeking assistance in a family law matter. Yours Faithfully, Mark.
I cannot speak highly enough about the team at Collective Family Law. I was going though a very hard time emotionally and financially and received nothing but compassion and support. If you need a family lawyer please look no further than this group of high knowledgeable and skilled people, you’ll be glad you did. Yours faithfull Brendan.
If any interaction with a business deserve 5 stars this law firm does. When I left I felt like I had been problem solving with a trusted friend over coffee, beware the choc chip cookie jar in the kitchen area
The whole team at Collective Family Law have been so helpful. They have helped me through such a hard time and went above and beyond to make sure my every need was met, and to such a high standard. Couldn’t recommend them enough!!!
The team at Collective Family Law Group helped me navigate through a very difficult time in my life. I appreciated their honest, straight forward approach and would recommend them to anyone needing family law work done.
Amazing firm and staff! Couldn’t recommend enough.
Fantastic experience. I was skeptical of the whole free first consultation thing but how wrong I was. Jenny was awesome, answered all of my questions and advised clearly on my situation with knowledge, understanding and a lovely manner. Would recommend to anyone who asks.
My first (and hopefully last) experience with a family law service, so I have nothing to compare to. I don’t know what fees are like generally with other family law services, but it was a costly experience. You do get what you pay for though, I always had a prompt and professional response to all of my concerns.