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Consultation FAQs

Welcome! We are thrilled you would like to book a consultation with us.  We know that most people have no idea what to expect during their initial consultation and that having to talk to a lawyer can be nerve wracking. Take a deep breath and relax.  We have compiled this list of some of the most frequently asked questions that people often have about what to expect during an initial consultation with an attorney so that you can feel better prepared when you decide to move forward.

What are some reasons I might need a consultation?

Family Law & Divorce
  • If need to file or you have been served with a complaint
  • To learn more about the law if you believe you may end up in a divorce or other family law case
  • To get a second opinion if you are unsure about a decision in your family law case
  • If you are shopping attorneys to find the best fit for your situation
Bankruptcy & Debt Relief
  • If you are struggling with significant debt that you cannot manage or repay
  • If you are at risk of losing your home due to mortgage arrears
  • If you are constantly being hounded by creditors with phone calls, letters, or legal threats
  • A significant change in your financial circumstances, such as job loss or reduced income, might make it impossible to meet your debt obligations
  • If you have medical bills and expenses that have become unmanageable.

Will the consultation be online or in person?

We can either schedule your consultation in person or by zoom. Some people prefer having the benefit of face-to-face contact with our attorneys, whereas others prefer the flexibility of meeting virtually. Although statistics show that in-person meetings are typically more productive, many people have childcare considerations and work schedules that may make meeting in person challenging. In these situations, meeting virtually will likely be the easier option.

Which attorney will I meet with?

All of our attorneys have years of experience, and you can view our profiles to select the lawyer than best fits your needs.  We work as a team so when you hire us, you are getting the power of all our collective legal experience. We often discuss our cases and collaborate with each other. No matter which attorney you consult with, rest assured that our entire team is trained to understand the all types of cases.

If want to meet in person frequently, you may want to choose an attorney that works in the office nearest to you. We have offices in Tewksbury and Danvers. We do have a handful of clients that do not live in Middlesex or Essex county, or they live out of Massachusetts altogether. We are very comfortable working virtually and sometimes hearings and mediations also can occur virtually as well.

Do you offer Free Consultations?

Family Law & Divorce

Our attorneys do community volunteer work and offer free consultations at our designated pro bono days for those that are low-income. Click here to learn more about our pro-bono days.

We offer an introductory reduced rate of $150.00 per hour for your initial consultation.

Bankruptcy & Debt Relief

There is no charge to speak to our attorneys about bankruptcy and debt relief solutions.

How long are consultations?

Consultations with our attorneys are up to 1 hour.

Can I hire without a consultation?

Yes, if you are a returning client you can hire without a consultation. If we have never worked with you, we require a consultation before we get started.

What will I learn in my consultation?

The consultation is designed for us to get to know one another and to act as an initial strategy session/brainstorming session. It is not a sales pitch. We will provide you with substantive information and ideas for you during the session.  You will leave the session with answers to questions and with advice on how to handle your situation while you get ready for and during the pendency of your court case.

What information must I provide prior to my consultation?

Prior to scheduling your consult we require a preliminary intake questionnaire to be completed.  We must collect your name, email, phone number and the name of the opposing party. We also need to determine (as best we can) if you case is within our jurisdiction.  All information that you provide to us prior to and during your consultation is held in the utmost confidence.

Do I need to bring anything to my consultation?

Divorce & Family Law

If you were served with any court paperwork, it is very important to bring this with you.  You also may need to bring a copy of your original certified marriage certificate or your child’s original certified birth certificate if you need to file for divorce or a paternity action. Sometimes it is often helpful to have copies of recent tax returns, paystubs, bank statements, and other documents bearing numbers that may be lying around your home or office if child support or alimony may be at issue.  Lastly, if you happen to have found that singularly incriminating love note or videotape, bring that along as well. If you have anything that you believe might be important for us to review, you may bring that as well.

Bankruptcy & Debt Relief

You should be prepared to bring copies of any documents related to your financial situation, including a comprehensive list of all your debts, including credit cards, loans, medical bills, personal loans, and any other outstanding obligations.  If you have a recent credit report, this will also be helpful to bring. This will help the attorney verify your debts and obtain a more complete picture of your financial situation. If you are involved in any ongoing lawsuits, foreclosures, or garnishments, bring relevant legal documents related to these matters.

Also consider writing down any specific questions or concerns you have about bankruptcy and your financial situation, so you don’t forget to address them during the consultation.

Remember that the more information you can provide, the better we can evaluate your case and provide you with appropriate advice tailored to your circumstances. If you’re unsure about any specific documents, it’s always a good idea to call our office in advance to ask what we recommend bringing to the consultation.