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 partner with the Brown Law Offices, P.A. She is an honors graduate of the University of South Dakota and William Mitchell College of Law. Cynthia was admitted to practice in 1998.

After graduating from law school, Cynthia served…

Cynthia Brown is a founding partner with the Brown Law Offices, P.A. She is an honors graduate of the University of South Dakota and William Mitchell College of Law. Cynthia was admitted to practice in 1998.

After graduating from law school, Cynthia served as the law clerk to the Honorable Timothy R. Bloomquist, retired Chief Judge of Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District. Upon completing her clerkship, Cynthia practiced with a well-known firm in Cambridge, Minnesota. She founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A. in 2003.

Cynthia has handled a wide variety of family law matters throughout the Twin Cities, and greater Minnesota, including divorce, custody, child protective services, orders for protection and harassment restraining orders. Many of her clients have also asked her to provide guidance concerning their estate planning needs.

Early in her career, Cynthia served as a prosecutor, public defender and criminal investigator. In addition to her family practice, Cynthia routinely represents clients facing criminal charges such as DWI, assault, theft and criminal sexual misconduct.

Cynthia founded the Amigos de Guatemala Foundation in 2007. She is a former Board Member and President of the Foundation, which provided educational, health and financial resources to underprivileged Guatemalan citizens. Her interest in serving the impoverished began with a medical mission trip to Honduras in 1994.

When she is not practicing law, Cynthia enjoys scrap-booking, soap-making, ATV riding and spending time with family.


Areas of Practice
  • Divorce
  • Custody
  • Child Protective Services
  • Restraining Orders
  • Criminal Defense
  • Estate Planning
Bar Admission
  • Minnesota State Bar, 1998
Education
  • William Mitchell College of Law, 1998
  • University of South Dakota, 1995
Joined Firm
  • 2003
Professional Associations & Activities
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Presenter, Various CLE Courses
  • Panel Attorney, Anoka County County Family Law Clinic
  • Monthly Columnist, Minnesota Lawyer Newspaper
  • Author, Family Law Forum
  • Author, Divorce Magazine