Here is a helpful blog post: I have a consultation scheduled with an attorney - what should I expect?
If you are considering a consultation . . .
Interested clients call my office (215-731-1400) for a brief telephone consultation wherein we discuss the parties involved and the basic issues. At this time, I will be able to check for any potential conflicts so you will need to provide your name and the other party's name, as well as your county and other basic information.
How long is the initial consultation?
These meetings usually take between one and two hours, depending on the complexity of the case.
Is there a fee?
I do not offer free consultations. My initial consultation fee is $295.
Information you should begin to gather . . .
The more detailed information you can provide, the more specific advice I can provide. That being said, some people just do not have access to all of the necessary information for a variety of reasons (e.g. their spouse took care of the finances, their spouse is secretive, the other party refuses to provide it, you do not want to alert the other party that you are looking into these matters). If you do not have documentation - do not worry about it. We can get it later. If you can bring documents, here is a general checklist.
Any Court Documents You Have Received (Divorce Complaint, Letter from an Attorney, etc.)
Recent Paystubs for you and your spouse
Recent Tax Returns (at least two years)
Information on your house (mortgage statement, value of house, real estate tax bill, etc.)
Automobile Information (how is it titled, how much is owed, how much is the payment)
Bank and Investment Statements
Retirement Account/Pension Plan Statements
List of Valuable Personal Property (jewelry, artwork, collections)
Credit Card Statements
Personal Loan Statements
Student Loan Statements
Written Agreements between you and your Spouse
Insurance Information: Health, Life, Automobile
Picture of opposing party if service of process will be an issue
Recent Paystubs for you and the other party
Tax Returns (preferably for the previous two years)
Health Insurance Information
Extraordinary Expenses: tuition, daycare, camp, extracurricular activities
Distances between various points: school-work-daycare-homes
Children’s Schedules (activities, etc.)
Your preferred custody schedule
Cases Where There Have Already Been Court Proceedings
All court documents/orders/pleadings
A Printout of All Docket Entries - This can be obtained at the clerk's office.
Correspondence from the Internal Revenue Service and Income Tax Returns
Civil or Business Litigation
Depends on the nature of the case.