Daily Archives: January 17, 2011

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Family Law: First Client Interview

There are a lot of things that I like to cover in a first client interview. As a board stroke, the first thing I like to go over with clients is determining what the current status quo is. This is important for a number of reasons, but primarily because a judge’s predisposition at a temporary order hearing is typically to maintain permanency for children and not to rock the boat. The other reason is to discuss what with my client what things are good about the status quo, and what things we will be looking to see if we can modify, either via agreement or via judicial intervention. I typically try to get a feel for my client as a person as well. Is this a person who is motivated by rationality and finances? Are they motivated by emotion? Some combination? This determination has relevance as to what stance is taken with opposing counsel and the bench, as I try to tailor my own persona to how my client would wish to be perceived to a certain extent. It also has relevance to things I would ask for, as well as my own personal dealings with my client. Do they […]