While communication may be the key to a successful marriage, it is definitely the key to a successful divorce.
To best serve you, a skilled family law practitioner needs your cooperation:
a) Know your law firm's telephone and fax numbers, office hours and staff names.
c) Call the office regarding any questions or problems that arise. Explain the matter to a staff member who should have an immediate solution or can arrange to get back to you. If you find you are calling frequently, make a list of questions and save them for one call. This will help you prioritize and focus your concerns and allow your attorney to proceed in an organized and coherent manner.
d) Give your lawyer all pertinent information. If you are nervous or afraid to tell your attorney something, put it in writing.
g) Read all correspondence and keep them in a folder for future use and reference. You should receive copies of all pleadings and letters throughout your case.
h) Review Monthly Statements. These detail legal services performed for you in the last month, the charges for them, and the amount drawn from your attorney's initial retainer. If you have questions about your statement, please call your attorneys or their bookkeeper within ten (10) days of receiving your bill. Billing errors should always be most liberally construed in favor of the client. Even though you may be seeking reimbursement of legal fees from your spouse by court order, you are responsible for your attorney's fees. Try to keep current with your bill if the initial retainer has been exhausted. Any court order requiring your spouse to reimburse you is incidental to your responsibility to your attorney.