I always tell clients there isn't anything you need to bring with you to our first appointment. Some clients come with a list of questions, others come with copies of tax returns, paystubs, etc. Many of my clients don't bring a thing. Whatever works for you is fine. Below is just a list of some of the items that might be helpful to bring to a first appointment with your divorce lawyer. However, none of this is required. Eventually, these are items a family law attorney will need or want to help with your case.
ITEMS CONSIDER BRINGING TO YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT:
- LIST OF QUESTIONS FOR THE ATTORNEY (as you will undoubtedly forget some of them unless you write them down).
- MOST RECENT PAY CHECK STUBS FOR YOU AND/OR YOUR SPOUSE.
- TAX RETURNS FOR THE PRIOR 2 YEARS.
- BANK STATEMENTS FOR THE PRIOR 2 YEARS.
- CREDIT CARD STATEMENTS FOR THE PRIOR 2 YEARS.
- COPIES OF DEEDS PERTAINING TO ANY REAL ESTATE YOU OWN.
- MOST RECENT RETIREMENT ACCOUNT STATEMENTS (e.g. IRAs, 401k, etc.)
- COPIES OF ANY CALENDARS MAINTAINED REGARDING CUSTODY OF THE CHILDREN
(This is a comprehensive list. Not all of these are mandatory, and some of these items you may not have on hand. However, if available, these documents will assist the attorney in evaluating your case).