Schedule an Initial Consultation
Before we can schedule your Initial Consultation/Interview, we need some information from you. The information you provide on the intake form is confidential. It is used to help our attorneys get a sense of what is involved in your matter (e.g. What is the issue? Which court will most likely hear your matter?) and to ensure that we do not have a conflict of interest. For example, we must first make sure that we have not consulted with the opposing party, or any third party who is involved in the matter before we meet with you, as that could adversely affect you.
We prefer to meet face-to-face with all potential clients for an Initial Consultation/Interview. The meeting usually takes 1 1/2 - 2 hours, and serves a dual purpose: 1) to provide you with an assessment of your unique situation and tailored recommendations regarding potential courses of action, and 2) to provide us both with the basis for knowing whether "we are a good fit". Restated, it provides us with the answers to such questions as: Can we work together? Am I the right attorney for you? Most potential clients also use the Initial Consultation to gather information and learn more about their rights and the law in Virginia. Much more valuable information can be exchanged in a face-to-face meeting than by phone. However, where we determine the circumstances warrant it, the Initial Consultation may be conducted via phone.
We charge a flat fee for the Initial Consultation as agreed in advance - payable at the time of the consultation by cash or check only.
We will strive to respond to your inquiry within 24 hours. If you have any additional questions, please call (703) 766-0732.
Frequently Asked Questions
It is understandable and quite common to bring a friend or relative to the consultation. However, having a third party present will breach the attorney-client privilege. If any confidential information is to be disclosed at the consultation, it is best for the friend or relative to step out of the room so that confidentiality is preserved.
In the typical case, nothing specific should be brought to the consultation, as this is an initial meeting to review the facts, law in Virginia, and to outline a plan. However, since questions will be posed regarding assets (for example, the estimated fair market value of the marital home, the approximate balances of bank accounts, retirement accounts, cash value of life insurance etc.) and liabilities (for example, the principal balance owed on any mortgage, approximate balances on credit cards etc.), ideally a potential client will review this information in advance of the consultation and either bring an asset and liabilities statement, or at least be able to provide a general outline of the assets and liabilities with approximate balances when asked.
No. Although the attorney client privilege is in place, the firm is not engaged and does not formally represent you until such time as the Fee for Representation Agreement is signed, setting forth the terms of the representation, and the required fee advances paid.
No, an attorney can only represent one party in a divorce action. If I met with both parties for the initial interview/consultation, that would constitute a conflict of interest, and I would thereafter be unable to represent either individual.
It is impossible to provide any meaningful advice without understanding the background, facts and circumstances of your matter. We do not run the risk of providing answers that may be incomplete or inaccurate because we have been given only a brief synopsis over the phone. Therefore, we generally refrain from responding to questions over the phone without having the Initial Interview/Consultation.
Call (703) 766-0732 for more information or Schedule a Consultation with one of our Fairfax family law attorneys.