How To Get The Most Out Of Your Initial Consultation
At Grotta & Associates, P.C., we sincerely look forward to meeting with new clients. We charge a reasonable fee for the initial consultation, confident that those who take the time to talk with us will receive valuable information and guidance, whether or not they go on to retain us for a divorce or another family law matter. We want to help you maximize the value of your first meeting with us, and provide the following points with that goal in mind.
What To Expect In Your First Meeting With An Attorney At Our Firm
If your spouse has served you with a divorce petition or other legal documents, please bring those papers to the initial consultation. If not, you do not need to bring anything with you to get started discussing your case. We will ask you to share with us:
- The length of your marriage
- The ages of your children
- The nature of the children’s relationship(s) with each parent
- The purpose of your visit with us
We may proceed to investigate related issues such as:
- The size and nature of the marital estate, including property owned by one or both spouses, as well as separate assets
- The financial contributions of each spouse before and during the marriage
Once we have a clear picture of the tasks and challenges ahead, we will provide an educated guess on an approximate retainer fee necessary for our lawyers to begin work on your divorce. We will share our philosophy and explain the necessary court processes for completing an Illinois divorce with our guidance. With this information, you can then determine whether and when to begin the collaboration with our team in pursuit of your ultimate goals.
Will You Retain Our Family Law Firm?
Rest assured we never pressure potential clients to conduct business with us beyond the initial consultation. However, if you decide to move forward, we will ask about any existing prenuptial agreement. We will also send you intake forms to fill out the required details, including:
- Bank account information
- Monthly and annual household expenses
- Description of real estate, vehicles, collectibles and other property
- Specific income documentation for each spouse
- Child-related expenses, including child care, private school tuition if applicable, tutoring and other special needs, extracurricular activities and more
Many clients find our intake process to be helpful in moving forward beyond the point of realizing that a divorce has become inevitable.
Are You Ready To Start The Discussion?
Call Grotta & Associates, P.C., at 708-873-9500 or send an email inquiry to schedule an initial consultation. From our four convenient office locations, we serve clients throughout DuPage, Will and Cook counties.