4 Things You Should Know Before Your First Interview
Following on from our previous blog, this blog explores what you need to remember in attending that first interview with us.
Are you recently separated or thinking about separation? If so, you’ve probably considered whether engaging a lawyer to help you through this process is the right way to go. You might be worried about what the involvement of lawyers could mean in your situation. Well, you’re not alone. But if you’re considering taking that first step and meeting with a lawyer, the following tips may assist you through the first interview process.
1. We Aren’t Scary!
We understand the decision to seek legal advice is not one that is made lightly. It can be daunting and intimidating and we are here not only to help you at every step of the way, but to bring about a satisfying result for you. We appreciate that every situation is different and every client’s experience with us will be unique, so don’t believe the stories you might have heard about nasty litigation in court or bad outcomes. It is our aim to make the process smooth and successful, not stressful. It is never our intention to put families through lengthy and costly litigation processes. Here at Resolve, we practice sensible, out of court solutions, to help you get a satisfying result all the while maintaining respectful communication and civil relationships. It is always our intention to avoid the court room! So, in your first interview, we’ll ask a lot of questions about your situation to find a pathway that best suits you and your family’s needs. As such, preparation is key!
2. Your Air Time
You might be thinking that your first interview will be a confronting experience in which we bombard you with questions, the answers to which you might not be ready to discuss. But really, the first interview is an opportunity for you to give us a clear understanding of the situation you’re in, what you would like to get out of it, and the best way we can help you do this. It’s all about your air time!
Be sure to bring along as many facts, documents and other pieces of information that will help us get an idea of the issues we need to tackle together. Things like timelines of events are helpful, or snapshots of you and your partner’s finances. Anything you think will be useful to show us the current position you find yourself in.
3. What We Might Ask You
We’ll be there to help you along, keep you on track if things get emotional, and ask you to give us any pieces of the puzzle you might have missed when telling your story. The sorts of questions you can expect will centre around your relationship history – how long you have been together, whether there are children of the relationship, the care arrangements in place for them, whether there are assets/liabilities of the relationship, and mainly, what can we do to get you the most satisfying result possible under the law.
4. Questions for Us
Remember that the first interview is an opportunity for you to get your story across and clarify any issues you might be unsure of. Feel free to ask questions about the steps needs to resolve the scenario you find yourself in, how long it will take to get a result, how much it might cost, and what your other options might be. Our team of highly experienced solicitors can field any questions you might have, and if you find that the Resolve Divorce process is not for you, we are still able to advise you about your legal rights and responsibilities under the Family Law Act, and represent you in other processes that you feel are more appropriate, to make sure you get an outcome that is in your best interests.
Fr a free 15 minute legal consultation, or to book in a first interview with us, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on (08) 7228 6110.
This article was written by Alysia Panagakos, a law graduate with Resolve Divorce Lawyers.