Initial Consultation

In Person Consultation – $400

One of the most important services we provide to potential clients is the initial consultation. During your consultation, we can review your paperwork and evidence, in addition to answering any questions you might have. We get enough information from you to understand your unique situation, desires, and goals from our representation. The information-gathering process allows us to give you customized advice.

Please feel free to upload any documentation that would assist us in our consultation. In fact, if a case is filed, it is imperative that we review all the filed documents prior to your consultation. The consultation is YOUR time, so the better prepared you are, the more we can help you.

We will perform an initial analysis, and inform you of the strengths and weaknesses of the case.   There will be weaknesses in your case, and we will always be upfront and honest about your case’s weaknesses and will brainstorm strategies to either repair or mitigate those flaws long before the case arrives in court. To find out what to bring to your consultation, see below.    If you are considering retaining Edwards Family Law, the consultation process is an opportunity for you to become acquainted with our professional staff, who will assist you throughout your case.

The consultation always remains confidential, even if you do not retain us. In addition, if your spouse or opposing party contacts us at any time in the future, they will be informed that we cannot provide any services to them.  Please feel free to inquire at any time during or after the consultation about the costs of any future representation. Every case is unique, and as a result, attorney’s fees can vary greatly from case to case. We are not able to give you an estimate of costs until we sit down with you, review your paperwork, and listen to your story. We pledge to always give a candid analysis of what the costs of your case might be.

We certainly look forward to the possibility of meeting with you for a consultation. If you decide to arrange a consultation with one of our attorneys, please simply call us to make the appointment.  Please refer below to find out what you should bring to a consultation.

What to Bring to the Consultation

Your consultation with Edwards Family Law will be much more productive if we are provided certain documents. If you have a large number of documents, please make copies prior to your arrival, so we can spend the consultation time discussing your case, rather than making copies. If you do not have access to all of the documents, you can bring them to our office later. Prior to the consultation, fill out a case intake form.

Divorce Cases

  • Your Domestic Financial Affidavit. (You cannot save this file to your computer. Fill it out and print.)
  • Tax returns, W2s, 1099s, and documentation of income of you and your spouse for the past 5 years.
  • Recent statements for IRA, 401-K or other retirement and/or pension plans for you and your spouse.
  • Any evidence such as pictures, tapes, recordings or other evidence that corroborates what you are alleging (such as infidelity, domestic violence, financial irresponsibility, etc.).
  • Any information relating to the marital home — mortgages, tax assessed value, appraisals, etc.
  • All recent bank statements for both spouses, showing the current balance.
  • Any pleadings that have been filed in the current case, or in any related case.

Other Family Law Cases (Modification, Custody, Legitimation, Contempt, Visitation)

  • Your Domestic Financial Affidavit filled out. (You cannot save this file to your computer. Fill it out and print.)
  • Your Tax returns, W2s, 1099s, and documentation of income for the past 5 years.
  • Any evidence such as pictures, tapes, recordings or other evidence that corroborates what you are alleging (such as infidelity, domestic violence, financial irresponsibility, etc.).
  • All of your recent bank statements, showing the current balance.
  • Any pleadings that have been filed in the current case, or in any related case. For modifications, it is essential that you bring the order that you want to modify. It will be difficult to give advice without reviewing the order that needs to be modified.
  • For contempt cases, any evidence that you have regarding whether the order is being followed.