There are certain intake procedures and forms that my firm utilizes prior to meeting with a client. The more information I receive prior to the initial consultation, the better prepared I can be to provide preliminary advice on how to proceed. Although I am not formally retained until a retainer agreement is signed by both parties, I do like to provide clients with general information as well as more specific pieces of information such as likely alimony and child support ranges.
It is helpful if a prospective client can provide a copy of tax returns, prior court orders, and any other relevant documentation prior to the initial consultation. If that is not possible, it is helpful to arrive 10-15 minutes early so I can review the information prior to the meeting.