Your initial consultation is a one-on-one, confidential conversation between you and the attorney; it provides a time to meet with the attorney, find out about the process involved in your case, have your questions answered, and decide whether you ultimately would like to hire the attorney. Since initial consultations are fairly informal, they provide an excellent opportunity for you to tell your story fully and in confidence since your conversation is protected by the Attorney-Client Privilege. Together with the attorney, you will discuss the various facets of your case, your goals for the case, try to predict sticking points, and set the stage for success. The attorney will guide you through different options of how to proceed, the specifics of the attorney-client contract, as well as provide you with estimated costs. It’s also a chance for you to ensure you feel comfortable with the attorney, confident they have your best interest in mind. Attorney Mary’s goal for every initial consultation is that the client leaves feeling empowered, confident, and with a clear understanding of what the future holds for their case.
An initial consultation costs $85 for a 30-minute consultation or $160 for an hour-long consultation (best for immigration cases or more complicated issues). If you’re unsure if you can afford full representation on the spot, an initial consultation is a perfect opportunity to discuss a range of representation options for your case, including just having that initial consultation, having periodic or recurring consultations, or obtaining full representation starting the day of your appointment. Also, Mary encourages clients to come in for an initial consultation well before beginning a divorce, custody, or immigration matter so that she can help create a clear and strong plan in advance of beginning the process.