4 Important Tips for Effectively Communicating with Your Family Law Attorney
The benefit of hiring a family law attorney is the assurance that you have a dedicated ally in divorce and custody proceedings. In order for your attorney to represent your best interests, it is critical to have an open line of communication. Here we share four important ways to effectively communicate with your family law attorney to ensure a smooth process and an even better outcome.
Having one-on-one time with your attorney is important for you, your case, and everyone involved. Taking time to meet outside of the courtroom allows both you and your attorney the opportunity to understand any issues that come up and for you to gain clarity on situations you may not understand.
Before you commit to an attorney, it is imperative that you feel comfortable enough to confide in them 100%. They will be the one working alongside you during one of the most important times of your life. Do not hesitate to have regular meetings so you can be sure you both are on the same page and working together. You and your attorney are a team and it is important you communicate like one.
Never hesitate to ask questions or take notes during this process. If you do not understand something, bring it up the next time you see your attorney or give them a call. Try to combine all your questions and concerns into one email or call. This allows them to address everything efficiently and in a timely manner.
While your attorney should explain the legal process to you in recognizable terms, sometimes they may forget that the court process is not a usual occurrence for everyone. Be honest and truthful with your attorney so they can better understand how to help and prepare you for what’s next.
Provide requested documents
There are hundreds of important documents related to your case, and when your attorney asks for them, it is crucial you respond as soon as possible. If you do not understand what they are asking for or are unable to get them the requested documents, reach out and communicate with your attorney.
It is much easier, and more cost-effective, to provide the requested documentation when it is asked for. More often than not, they likely contain legitimate information that your attorney needs before they can proceed with your case. Plus, this is your litigation and handing over documents your attorney asks for means you are one step closer to resolving any outstanding issues. With law, time is of the essence
Distinguish between legal counsel and therapy
Family law matters are delicate. Keep in mind that your family law attorney is trained and hired to be your legal advisor and advocate, not your therapist. If, at any time, you feel the need for psychological counseling, talk with your attorney about recommendations or seek help from your doctor.
Define boundaries and work to resolve the highly emotional aspects of your situation with healthcare professionals. You will get the best results of your case by letting your attorney focus solely on serving your legal needs.
When you communicate with your attorney, you are increasing your chances for success. The family law attorneys at Ladas Hoopes McNeill serve every client with professionalism and care. When you need effective communication and strong representation in family matters, call us at 231-744-6218.
Jenny McNeill is an attorney with Ladas Hoopes McNeill Law. She has been practicing law for over 20 years, specializing in family, probate, and other areas of civil law. Her dedication to serving the community of West Michigan has had a substantial impact in and out of the courtroom.