What do you mean you charge for an initial consultation? I thought all first meetings with lawyers are free. Here are some reasons to be thankful for paying that consult fee:
- The consultation fee is proof that you met with the attorney. If your spouse later tries to hire the attorney you consulted with you will have proof that the attorney has a conflict and cannot represent your spouse.
- The consultation fee shows intent to create an attorney-client relationship. You want your consultation to be protected by attorney-client privilege because this way all information you share remains confidential. This means that the lawyer cannot share anything you told him or her without your permission.
- You want a good lawyer. Be wary of the free consultations. The old adage that you get what you pay for still applies. If the lawyer charges a consultation fee for a divorce, custody, child support or other family law matter most likely the attorney specializes in this area of the law and will be more likely to take your case seriously.
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