The right family law attorney can make all the difference as you pursue divorce, adoption, or other sensitive legal matters. Your role in the process doesn’t end when you select an attorney, however. This is a two-way street, in which your efforts can either help or hinder your attorney. Keep the following suggestions in mind as you play your part:

Arrive Prepared

The more documentation you can furnish, the better. Provide copies of any documents you deem relevant. These could include:

  • Bank statements
  • Credit card statements
  • Tax returns
  • Pay stubs
  • Utility bills
  • Insurance policies
  • Estate planning documents

The more verified details you can provide, the better. These essential documents will grant your attorney a thorough overview of your financial situation, making it easier to determine how best to proceed with the divorce process.

Be Honest

It seems obvious, but honesty really is the best policy when you work with a family law attorney. Your lawyer needs to know the details of your situation. Don’t be embarrassed or ashamed; family lawyers have seen it all, and little is capable of phasing them. The more open and honest you are, the better your attorney can personalize his or her representation to fit your unique needs.

Ask Questions

Knowledgeable clients are typically the easiest clients to help. If you understand the specifics of your case, you may be better capable of communicating your preferences to your attorney. The right questions can help immeasurably. If necessary, arrive at your consultation with a list of questions. Don’t hesitate to continue asking questions as your case proceeds, as new concerns may arise with time.

At the Brown Law Offices, you’ll find much-needed guidance for every aspect of your legal ordeal. Reach out today to learn more about the full scope of our family services — and to schedule your case consultation.

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Cynthia Brown is a founding shareholder with the Brown Law Offices, P.A., a northwest Twin Cities divorce and family law firm. She is an honors graduate of the University of South Dakota and William Mitchell College of Law. Cynthia’s practice focuses almost exclusively

Cynthia Brown is a founding shareholder with the Brown Law Offices, P.A., a northwest Twin Cities divorce and family law firm. She is an honors graduate of the University of South Dakota and William Mitchell College of Law. Cynthia’s practice focuses almost exclusively on divorce and family law issues. She publishes a monthly family law column for the Minnesota Lawyer newspaper, and has contributed to Divorce Magazine and The Family Law Forum. Cynthia also serves as a panel attorney for the Anoka County Family Law Clinic.